New York, NY Steamer GENERAL SLOCUM Disaster, June 1904
1,000 LIVES MAY BE LOST IN BURNING OF THE EXCURSION BOAT GEN. SLOCUM.
ST. MARK'S CHURCH EXCURSION ENDS IN DISASTER IN EAST RIVER CLOSE TO LAND AND SAFETY.
693 BODIES FOUND -- HUNDREDS MISSING OR INJURED.
FLAMES FOLLOWING EXPLOSION DRIVE SCORES TO DEATH IN THE WATER.
FIERCE STRUGGLES FOR ROTTEN LIFE PRESERVERS.
The Captain, Instead of Making for the Nearest Landing, Runs the Doomed Vessel Ashore on North Brother Island in Deep Water -- Many Thrilling Rescues -- Few Men on Board to Stem the Panic of Women and Children.
As estimated total of a thousand dead, besides several hundred injured, is the record of the fire disaster which yesterday destroyed the big excursion steamer General Slocum, which was burned to the water's edge before her Captain succeeded in beaching her on North Brother Island. Nearly all the dead and missing are women and children and were members of an excursion party taken out by St. Mark's German Lutheran Church of 323 East Sixth Street.
The estimate that the number of lives lost will be found to reach 1,000 was given by Police Inspector BROOKS at an early hour this morning. Fire Chief CROKER shared his view, saying that at least 900 persons must have perished.
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