Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum

Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum


There have been few skilled swimmers between over 1,300 reduce East facet citizens who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered because the steamship was once basically chartered for a languid expedition from ny to big apple Sound. yet a hearth erupted mins into the journey, forcing thousands of terrified passengers into the water. by the point the captain came across a secure shore for touchdown, 1,021 had perished. It was once New York’s deadliest tragedy sooner than September eleven, 2001.

The basically e-book on hand in this compelling bankruptcy within the city’s historical past, Ship Ablaze attracts on firsthand debts to envision why the loss of life toll used to be so excessive, how town answered, and why this occasion didn't in achieving the infamy of the Titanic’s 1912 dying or the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist manufacturing facility fireplace. Masterfully shooting either the horror of the development and heroism of fellows, girls, and kids who confronted crumbling existence jackets and inaccessible lifeboats because the inferno speedy unfold, historian Edward T. O’Donnell spotlights an enormous incident with which so much americans are strange. stronger by means of relocating images, Ship Ablaze brings to lifestyles a bygone neighborhood whereas honoring the sufferers of that forgotten day.

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