I have been trying to find details of what some unsubstantiated accounts claim as the most bizarre collision in shipping history. One foggy morning somewhere off the French coast on 19th March 1884, the French steamer FRIGORIFIQUE was sailing along when the crew spotted another ship heading towards them broadside on a collision course. This was the British steamer RUMNEY and despite efforts by both captains, a collision could not be avoided. The Rumney struck the Frigorifique amidships on the starboard side and the French ship seemed to start sink almost immediately. The crew abandoned ship and all were safely picked up by the Rumney, which, limped forward in the fog not sure where it was going. Hours later, the crew of the Rumney saw another ship heading towards THEM on a collision course. To the surprise of everyone on board, it was the empty Frigorifique; it was believed that her boilers were still operating and with the rudder jammed by the collision, she had gone around in a huge circle to come back and smash into the Rumney. A second collision between the two ships within a few hours had thus occurred and both sank this time, though all hands from both ships managed to get onto the Rumney's lifeboats.
I have seen this story a few times on the web but cannot find the link now. Does anyone know more about this?