MV Princess of the Orient Cruise Ship Sulpicio Lines Sinking – On September 18, 1998, the 13,935-ton, 195.1-metre (640 ft) long Princess of the Orient, sailed from Manila to Cebu during a typhoon.
The typhoon was Tropical Storm Waldo which developed on September 18. It moved northward and struck Japan before dissipating on September 21.
The ship capsized at 12:55 p.m. near Fortune Island in Batangas and sank, and out of the 388 passengers on board, 150 were killed.
Passengers were floating at sea for more than 12 hours before rescuers were able to reach the survivors.
The wreck is resting on her port side at 122 meters (400 ft) below sea level just outside Manila Bay.In the early 2000s, John Bennett and Ron Loos made the first scuba dives to the wreck site.
The possible cause of the sinking is cargo collapse due to the cargoes not properly lashed. The shifting of the cargoes caused the ship to tilt to one side, causing the ferry to sink.
Video: Paul Neilsen Dives The Princess Of The Orient