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Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (edition 2004)
by Edward T. O'Donnell (Author)
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum by Edward T. O'Donnell
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767909054, Hardcover)
There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered since the steamship was only chartered for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds of terrified passengers into the water. By the time the captain found a safe shore for landing, 1,021 had perished. It was New York’s deadliest tragedy prior to September 11, 2001.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:05 -0400)
Describes the 1904 disaster aboard the General Slocum, a steamship chartered for a daytime excursion in the waters surrounding Manhattan, the fire that swept through the ship, and the more than one thousand people who died as a result.
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