Le Joola

Gambia,South Africa

TheRoRo ferry Sangomar was built by Neue Gemersheimer Schiffswerft with yard number 847 in Germany, and was launched in March 1990. She was bought by the Senegalese government and renamed Le Joola. Under a journey from Ziguinchor to Casamance overloaded with passengers, she was caught by a storm and capsized 26. September 2002. She drifted upside-down for approximately twenty hours before she finally went down on the deep. It's estimated that 1863 people perished in the accident, making it one of the worst maritime disasters in peace time. The wreck rest today upside-down on a depth of approximately 15 meters west of Banjul in Gambia.

Former names:
Le Joola
79,5 x 12,5 x 3,1 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
  2087 grt / 500 dwt
Gemersheim am Rhein
( D ) 1990
Dakar ( SN )

Last updated: June 2020