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60th anniversary of ship tragedy commemorated in Keelung

60th anniversary of ship tragedy commemorated in Keelung

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) A solemn ceremony was held Saturday at Keelung harbor in northern Taiwan to mark the 60th anniversary of the sinking of the freighter "Taiping" in waters off southeastern China on Jan. 27, 1949, which claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 passengers.
Over 10 members of the Taiping Friends Association and relatives of the victims of Asia's version of the Titanic gathered for the ceremony at a monument honoring those who died. They expressed their hope that the government will open a memorial park marking the tragedy and designate Jan. 27 as "Big Immigration Day." In early 1949, the Kuomintang-led government relocated to Taiwan after losing the civil war against the Communists. The relocation triggered a massive emigration of Chinese people to Taiwan.
On the night of Jan. 27, two days before the Lunar New Year that year, the freighter loaded with cargo and over 1,000 people eager to flee from war-torn China collided with another cargo ship, the "Jienyuan, " in waters near the Zhoushan archipelago off Zhejiang Province.
Both ships sank soon after the collision. Only 36 passengers on board the Taiping were rescued.
The victims included the father of Henry Chang-Yu Lee, one of the world's foremost forensic scientists. The accident has drawn the attention of historians, scholars and cultural workers in recent years, including a team of people who made a documentary on the tragedy in 2005.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-24 11:27 GMT+08:00