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CAPTION ONLY: ILL-FATED FERRY WAS THE PRIDE OF ITS NAMESAKE

With its bold blue and white colors, the ferry Estonia was the pride of its namesake Baltic country. Built 14 years ago in Papenburg, Germany, with room for 2,000 people and 460 cars, the vessel was an extremely popular ship for travelers between Sweden and Estonia. According to Swedish media, the ferry had been involved in at least one incident before its sinking early Wednesday. In 1988, the ferry ran aground in the hard-to-navigate archipelago outside Stockholm, the Swedish news agency TT said. There were no serious injuries. Bernhard Meyer, chief of the shipyard where the Estonia was built, said the ship never had any problems and declined to speculate on possible causes of the disaster Wednesday.