‘Disasters At Sea’ Preview Sunday On Smithsonian Channel

Sunday, 2/16

DISASTERS AT SEA: DEATH ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY (new episode) — 9 p.m. ET/PT

Just two years after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the MV Andrew J. Barberi traveled from Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island with 1,500 passengers. The ship passed a navigation marker known as the K-V buoy, which means it was nearly at the destination, but instead of slowing down, the ship continued full steam ahead. Passengers ran for safety as the ship slammed into the maintenance pier and concrete sliced into the ship, killing 11 on board and injuring 57 others. People speculated it as an act of terrorism, but investigators determined there was no explosion and all damage occurred when the ship hit the pier. Interviews with the crew suggested a different theory that called for better oversight of the medical condition of mariners.

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