Skyway pier looking back

On May 9th, 1980 the Sunshine Skyway bridge (built in 1969)collapsed when The SS Summit Venture a freighter over 19,000 tons crashed into the bridge. Causing a collapse and 35 people died in tragedy. The ship apparently lost it’s radar in a tropical storm.  Wesley MacIntire was the sole survivor. He somehow survived after landing on the ships deck and rolling into the bay. There doesn’t seem to be a memorial for those who died. In 1993 the bridge was demolished after the new skyway bridge was built. The fishing piers are the only thing left standing.

In Memory of the 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 thoughts on “Skyway pier looking back

  1. 4Freedomrider says:

    Holy crap!

  2. Gwendolyn Anderson says:

    This was a terrible morning and not just for the people in the bay area.If I remember correctly there was a Greyhound bus involved in this tragedy with college students going to the Miami area for Mother’s Day. On this particular morning the storm seemed to have come out of nowhere and I was just leaving for work. The rain was coming down in buckets. It was a short lived storm but one resulting in the lost of several lives. I often think of this accident especially on Mother’s Day. I can not imagine what the love ones of the victims experience each year.

  3. Thank you for your comments! When I went to the pier of the old sunshine skyway bridge I thought there has to be some history here. When I researched it I was not expecting this.

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