]This seems to have been written by the Prof Vasco Pinho with some
details from the late Fr Nascimento J Mascarenhas, if one goes by info
available on the Net

The Ethnic Goan People & Diaspora

18 March  ·
GOA'S WORST FERRY DISASTER by Fr. Nascimento Mascarenhas
On Friday the 13th of January 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship
hit a rock and partially capsized off the coast of Italy. Of the 4252
passengers and crew aboard, 17 died and 16 are still unaccounted for
as of yesterday, 30th January. Our hearts and prayers go out to all
the families of the victims and those still missing in the Costa
Concordia accident, and especially for Russel Rebello from Mumbai, a
steward on the ill-fated Costa Concordia, and the only Indian still
unaccounted for among the 203 Indians that were on board the cruise
ship (202 Indian crew members and 1 Indian passenger).
The Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster took place almost exactly a
century after the infamous Titanic tragedy of 15th January 1912, and
brought to my mind the terrible Goa ferry boat disaster that took
place on 3rd December 1901 in Goa.
Goa ferry accident
On that fateful day, the launch “GOA” capsized while crossing the
Mandovi river from Verem to Panjim. There were around 170 passengers
on the Goa ferry, of which 81 met their watery grave. The passengers
were on their way to Old Goa, dressed in their Sunday best to attend
the solemn feast Mass of St. Francis Xavier. The dead included 34
males and 47 females, of which 15 were children. Of the victims on the
ill-fated ferry, 21 were from Saligao, 17 from Calangute, 12 from Reis
Magos, 10 from Candolim, six from Nagoa de Bardez, six from Parra, two
from Siolim, two from Nerul, two from Pilerne and one each from
Arpora, Anjuna and Panjim.
Mandovi memorial cross
A cross was built on the southern bank of the Mandovi, near the Caes
dos Gujiras, Panjim, in memory of those who perished in the worst Goa
ferry accident ever, and installed on 3rd December 1904. Two plaques
were fixed on the pedestal, one on the northern side and the other on
the southern side, both engraved in Portuguese. Here is the English
translation of the inscriptions:
“In memory of the 81 victims of the tragedy of the launch GOA on
December 3, 1901 – dedicates the Goan diaspora of Aden.”
“In memory of the unfortunate 81 victims of the tragedy of the launch
GOA that took place on 03-12-1901, this unique landmark is dedicated
by the Goan diaspora of Aden requesting all those who pass by this
place, a prayer for their eternal repose.”
This cross is still standing at the original spot and is protected by
a canopy. Incidentally, one of those rescued from the capsized Goa
ferry in the waters of the Mandovi was an eight-year-old boy, Faustino
de Souza, who later joined the priesthood and became the founder of
the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth (SFN) in
Sancoale, Goa. The nascent congregation was housed in the ancestral
house of Blessed Joseph Vaz in Sancoale on 16th June 1935.
Here is a list of those from Saligao who were confirmed as dead in the
Goa ferry disaster of 1901. 1.Leopoldina de Sousa, 30 years, married.
2.Crystalina de Mello e Souza, 30 years, widow. 3.Luciana de
Figueiredo, 39 years, wife of Santana Vaz. 4.Anna Candida Gomes, widow
of Damião Caetano de Mello, 53 years. 5.Pedro dos Remédios, son of
Caetano dos Remédios, 58 years. 6.Adelina Vas, daughter of Santana
Vaz, married, aged 31 years. 7.Caetano Francisco Nunes, son of Joaquim
Manuel Nunes, married, 36 years. 8.Robertina Vaz, daughter of Lourenço
Caetano Vaz, age 15 years, spinster. 9.António Vicente Saldanha, son
of Caetano António Saldanha, 20 years, married. 10.Joaquim Mariano
Fernandes, son of Domingos Fernandes, bachelor, 28 years old.
11.Adelina Coelho, daughter of Manuel Coelho, 50 years old.
12.Escolástica dos Remédios, daughter of Pedro dos Remédios, 18 years
old. 13.Rachel Gravatinha de Souza, daughter of Pedro Caetano de
Sousa, married, age 17 years.
In spite of a search by divers from Dona Paula and Ribandar, sailors
from the naval gunboat “Mandovy” and the crew of a patmari from
Chapora, several of the passengers of the capsized Goa ferry remained
missing and unaccounted for and were presumed dead.
However, in the case of the Costa Concordia accident 110 years later,
we still hope and pray that Russel Rebello will somehow be found and
rescued, alive and well.
References: •PINHO, Vasco, Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History – I
Pangim, 2007 •Death Registration Book, 1901, Mãe de Deus Church,
Saligao, Goa. •The Seer and the Server by Rev. Fr. Faustino de Souza,
published by the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Family of
Nazareth, Sancoale, Goa, 1993.
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