Young Cruise Ship Captains Dead At Sea

Young Cruise Ship Captains Dead At Sea
Young Cruise Ship Captains Dead At Sea
Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen
Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen

Three young cruise ship captains died aboard their cruise ships. The three aged 38, 47 and 48 were found dead in their cruise ship cabins from ‘apparent’ natural causes.

The eldest of the three, Danish Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen, 48, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 while aboard the Seaborn Cruises ship Seaborn Quest in Antarctica.

Seabourn Quest was en-route from Ushuaia (Argentina) to Port Stanley (East Falkland Island) Larsen had extensive experience sailing ice-rated exploration vessels in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Larsen was admired and beloved by passengers and crew alike.

Captain Kenneth Adams
Captain Kenneth Adams

American Captain Kenneth Adams, 47, from San Diego, California, was found dead in his cabin aboard cruise ship Admiralty Dream on Monday, July 4, 2016 about 0546 hours.  Adams had been captain of the cruise ship for four years.

The cruise ship was in the Chatham Strait headed for Pavlof Harbor, Alaska, scheduled to arrive at 6:30 am, when Captain Adams was found unresponsive in his cabin and attempts to revive him failed.

Admiralty Dream anchored near the Angoon Ferry Terminal and Whaler’s Cove Lodge, 57 miles south of Juneau to be boarded by the coast guard.

Alcoholic Captain Joern Rene Klausen

Monarch of the Seas Crew Deaths Hydrogen Sulfide GasThe youngest of the three, Captain Joern Rene Klausen, 38,  was the youngest known captain to die at sea in his cabin in modern history. Klausen was found dead in his cabin aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Monarch Of The Seas at 0415 hours on Monday, January 30, 2006. The ship was returning to Los Angeles from a three-night cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.

The Monarch Of The Seas’s captain had a history of alcohol abuse, according to an FBI investigation into deaths after hydrogen sulfide gas escaped from the ship’s raw sewage ballast tanks, on August 26, 2005, five months prior to the captain’s death.

Three crew members, Boris Dimitrov of Bulgaria; Willie Tirol of the Philippines and Radomilja Frane of Croatia, were killed and 19 others were injured from the hydrogen sulfide gas. Some crew members claim Captain Klausen had been drinking so heavily, the staff was concerned about his ability to operate the ship and the Captain was sent to his room to sleep it off.

The autopsy report stated, Captain Joern Klausen died of gastritis with contributing factors of early pneumonia and water intoxication syndrome due to alcohol withdrawal.

Coward Cruise Ship Captains

Coward Captain Francesco Schettino
Coward Captain Francesco Schettino

The ultimate responsibility for both his ship and everyone who embarked on it, is that in an emergency, he will either save them or die trying. In most instances the captain of the ship forgoes his own rapid departure of a ship in distress, and concentrates instead on saving other people. It often results in either the death or belated rescue of the captain as the last person on board. Two cruise ship captains never  believed in the Titanic era motto of going down with the ship, Italian Captain Francesco Schettino and Greek Greek Captain Yiannis Avranas.

Costa Concordia Italian coward Captain Francesco Schettino, did not die at sea. But, the 51-year-old married, adulterer, captain recklessly, negligently wanted to impress his young crew/dancer/lover. Domnica Cemortan, 26, from Moldova was on the bridge at the time and was a distraction for the arrogant Captain which resulted in the Costa Concordia sinking deaths of 32 people on Thursday, January 13, 2012.

Schettino abandoned ship in the first lifeboat with first officers, but without passengers (nor Cemortan), to the island of Giglio before passengers could be evacuated. He was holed up in the home of an islander until the coast guard ordered him back to the ship to head the rescue operations. It was rumored that he fled, because he had been drinking before the ship was grounded. Alcohol testing done many hours later, showed low levels in his blood.

Costa Concordia Heros
Costa Concordia Heros

Of the 32 victims, several stand out. The youngest passenger Dayana Arlotti from Italy was only 5-years-old. Musician drummer Girolamo Giuseppe, 30, died after he was in a lifeboat, but honorably gave up his seat for a child. Hero waiter Russel Terence Rebello, 33, from India, his body was one of the last found aboard, two and half years after the sinking. Rebello helped passengers into life jackets and into lifeboats until the end; he went down with the ship. He was married and had a 3-year-old son.

The cruise ship was off the island of Giglio, Italy on January 13, 2012 when Schettino took the cruise ship too close to the reef off shore; the cruise ship scraped bottom puncturing the hull.

Schettino had been promoted to captain at  age 46 in 2006.

Captain Yiannis Avranas
Captain Yiannis Avranas

Another coward captain at age 52, was Greek Captain Yiannis Avranas who had the helm of  Avranas Epirotiki Lines cruise ship Oceanos when it sunk during a storm off the coast of the Transkei, South Africa, on Sunday, August 4, 1991.

During emergency evacuations, Avranas pushed past a ship full of elderly passengers to be winched off the sinking deck on the first helicopter.

The common thread between Schettino and Avranas was these two young captains were both cowards who abandoned ship before passengers and were later convicted.  A Greek board of inquiry found Avranas and four officers negligent in his handling of the disaster. Schettino, was given a 16-year prison sentence.

Young Cruise Ship Captain Good News

Young Cruise Ship Captains

  • Argentinian Captain Herman Zini, was 34 when he became captain aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship Grandeur of the Seas in 2002.
  • German Captain Boris Becker, was 36 when he became the captain aboard Aida Cruises ship AIDAperla in June 2017.
  • American Captain Kate McCue, was 37 when she became the youngest female captain aboard Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Summit in 2015.
  • British Captain Robert Camby, was 37 when he became captain aboard P&O Cruises ship Oriana in December 2011.


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Video: Sinking of the Concordia caught on camera (Documentary)