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Early in the morning on May 21st
1996 MV Bukoba capsized and sank only few nautical miles from Mwanza Harbour
- something like in the middle of the photo on this page.
The ferry had a licence to carry 430 passengers, but as many as 800 feared to have died - trapped in their cabins in the overloaded ferry. It is said - that everybody in Mwanza lost a family member, a good friend or a neighbour that morning in May 1996. About 280 passengers survived - many of them by means of banana bunches from the cargo.
Visit the MV Bukoba Memorial Statue - our guide will show you around and tell you more about the tragedy.