ROME, Jan 15 (Reuters) - When the Costa Concordia was launched on September 2, 2005, the traditional bottle of champagne hurled against the luxury cruise ship's side failed to break - a sign seafarers consider to be a harbinger of bad luck.
On November 22, 2008, the ship tried to enter the port of Palermo, Sicily in a storm and was damaged when it hit the dock.
The Costa Concordia has made world headlines since hitting a rock and running aground off the west coast of Italy, killing at least three people and leaving about 40 still missing.
The date of the incident was Friday the 13th, a day some consider unlucky.
"It was born bad and ended up worse," the Italian newspaper Il Giornale said in a headline on Sunday. (Reporting By Philip Pullella)