google-site-verification: googlee9447d3b266da5de.html SS Vaitarna Disappears- 740 Souls lost #maritimehistory #OTD

SS Vaitarna Disappears- 740 Souls lost #maritimehistory #OTD


SS Vaitarna, popularly known as Vijli or Haji Kasam ni Vijli, was a steamship owned by A J Shepherd & Co, Bombay that disappeared on 8 November 1888 off the coast of Saurashtra region of Gujarat in cyclonic storm during a crossing from Mandvi to Bombay.

More than 740 people on board went missing in the disaster. The incident resulted in the creation of nautical lores and songs.

She was named Vaitarna after Vaitarna river of Bombay Presidency. She was nicknamed Vijli, literally electricity, as the ship was lit with electric bulbs. The ship is often dubbed as the "Titanic of Gujarat" even though RMS Titanic sank 24 years later

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