Knyaguinya Maria Luisa: The moment a steamship exploded in Piraeus port, 30 May 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis

Research by Tony Allen

The Bulgarian steamship Knyaguinya Maria Luisa was bombed by British aircraft at the entrance to Piraeus harbour on May 30th, 1941.

Her deck cargo of benzine in drums caught fire and this detonated her cargo of munitions.

The ship blew up with an explosion that sank three ships in the harbour and caused some 200 casualties.


[1]  Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

[2]  Rodger Haworth, Miramar Ship Index

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