Pier Collapse Kills 21 In Germany
Binz is the largest seaside resort on the northern German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. People have lived there since the 1300’s but in 1875 bathing in the ocean became popular.Roads were built connecting the village to the beach and by 1895 it was a thriving bathing resort with large hotels, spa houses and daily excursions from the mainland. In 1902 a 600-metre-long pier was built.
On July 28, 1912 a large crowd gathered on the pier waiting for the arrival of the cruise ship KRONPRINZ WILHELM while listening to a local band. The overloaded landing collapsed and threw over 100 people into the sea. 21 bodies were recovered and it is feared the death toll may climb higher.