Prinsendam Cruise Ship Storm Damage Cape Horn Chile – On February 1, 2007, Holland America Line ( HAL ) Prinsendam was on a 66 day world cruise at the time of the incident which includes South America and Antarctica. (see video below)
Prinsendam was hit by a 70-foot-high rogue wave in the Antarctic segment around the tip of South America. The ship had left Ushuaia and had rounded Cape Horn, Chile when it ran into hurricane force winds and then 2 rogue waves. They were about 40 feet high.
A passenger report says 40 were injured and the ship was damaged. There were many broken dishes onboard, things thrown from the shelves, broken glass and other types of minor damage. Apparently there were only cold meals served for several meals after the event, as the crew cleaned up the mess.
The posted video below and says, “Taken from the Crow’s Nest (12th deck bar) of the Prinsendam Feb. 1, 2007 on the day we got hit by the two rogue waves. We had recently passed Cape Horn at the tip of South America. The video was shot through windows covered with salt spray.”
Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, and is located on the small Hornos Island. Although not the most southerly point of South America (which are the Diego Ramírez Islands), Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.
For decades, Cape Horn was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. The waters around Cape Horn are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors’ graveyard.
Video: MS Prinsendam – Holland-America Cruise Ship Plying Through Heavy Seas Off Antarctica – 2007