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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

History of the Stricken Ship

STOCKHOLM -- With its bold blue and white colors, the ferry Estonia was the pride of its namesake Baltic country seeking more visible ties to the West.

The Estonia was built in Papenburg, then West Germany, in 1980. The vessel, an extremely popular ship for travelers between Sweden and Estonia, had room for 2,000 people and 460 cars.

Bernhard Meyer, chief of the shipyard, said the ferry was first known as Viking Sally and was built according to the most up-to-date technology at the time.

Meyer said the ship never had any problems, and declined to speculate on possible causes of the disaster.

In 1988, the ferry ran aground outside Stockholm, according to the Swedish news agency TT.