THE CONCORDIA – Chilling photos of the doomed ship
Very eerie look at the ship...

THE CONCORDIA – Chilling photos of the doomed ship

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  • On board a ghost ship: Inside the eerie wreckage of the Costa Concordia four years after the luxury cruise liner sank killing 32 people
  • Four years ago, the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia hit a rock and sank while passing the island of Giglio

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  • Now a photographer who swam out to its remains has captured the ship’s interior as it looks covered in rust today. Jonathan Danko Kielkowski’s photographs show its haunting interior is slowly corroding due to the salt water.
  • Some 32 people died during the disaster, which a court heard was caused when it passed too close to the shoreline

Rusted and rotting, these ghostly photographs show the brittle remains of the Costa Concordia – the once grandiose cruise liner that sank off the coast of Italy in 2012, killing 32 people. 

The Showroom...

The Showroom…

The luxury liner, which was carrying 4,200 passengers at the time, ran aground off the island of Giglio after an ill-judged ‘salute’ by the ship’s captain.

Inside the ship’s theatre, only the metal supports of what were once comfortable seats remain, while the stage is in pieces and speakers are covered with rust.

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For more than three years the doomed ship lay on its side where it had crashed, a chilling reminder of the 32 lives lost.

These stunning images are contained in a new book, named Concordia, which has been published by White Press, and features photos by Jonathan Danko Kielkowski and words by Christoph Schaden.

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The haunting photographs show how corridors once filled with thousands of people have become unrecognisable after the harsh salt water which filled its rooms corroded its interior.

Inside its stairwells, what appears to be coral gives off an illuminating green glow as it spreads over the ceiling, while debris still lies scattered nearby.

Another photograph shows an empty bar with a row of stools where merry drinkers once sat and chatted are now covered in orange rust.

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Thirty-two people were killed when the ship ran aground in the seas near the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, making it Italy’s worst maritime disaster since the Second World War.

After a rock carved a hole in the side of the ship and flooded its engines, the 144,500-tonne liner listed a trapped passengers inside. The captain of the cruise ship was sentenced to 16 years in jail for manslaughter.

Francesco Schettino, dubbed ‘Captain Coward’ after he fled the ship before the 4,200 passengers were safely ashore, was handed the sentence last year in Grosseto, Tuscany.

A court heard that Schettino was a ‘reckless idiot’ who had been showing off to a waiter on board the ship, and a friend on Giglio island, when he steered the ship close to the shore on the night of January 13.

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Corridor…

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Grand Stairway…

The Showroom...

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Very eerie look at the ship...

Very eerie look at the ship…

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During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…