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Block Island, RI Larchmont Disaster, Feb 1907

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The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy

Chicago, July 24, 1915: Over 2,000 Western Electric employees and their families, dressed in their finest, arrived early at the riverfront to board the Eastland, a bold and breathtaking steamship. That morning the boat was scheduled to ferry its passengers to the annual company picnic in Michigan City. Suddenly, as it sat in port, the Eastland began to list. While thousands of people watched in horror, the ship rolled to its side and silently capsized, killing a staggering 844 people.

 

 

 

 

 

Ship Disasters

Explosions, Sinkings, Boating Accidents

 

More Ship Disasters

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Alabama
:: Mobile, AL Explosion of the Ocean Wave, Aug 1871  
 
California
:: San Pedro, CA Cruiser Tennessee Ship Explosion, Jun 1908
 
Connecticut
:: New London, CT Steamer Ontario Fire, Apr 1912
 
Georgia
:: Satilla Mills, GA Boating Accident Jun, 1868
   
Hawaii
:: Steamship West Point wreck 1856
:: Attack on Pearl Harbor, HI Dec 1941
:: Pearl Harbor LST-353 Ship Explosion May 1944
 
Illinois
:: Cairo, IL Storm & Ferry Boat Sinking, May 1896
:: Chicago, IL Eastland Disaster, Jul 1915 
:: Chicago, IL Hydroplane Wreck, Aug 1915 
 
Kentucky
:: Carrollton, KY Redstone Steamer Disaster, Apr 1852  
 
Massachusetts
:: Boston, MA Schooner Benson Sinking, Dec 1894
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Boston, MA Steamer Rose Standish Sinking, Aug 1884

:: Boston, MA Steamer Collision, Aug 1884
:: Marion, MA Boat Explosion, Jul 1908  
:: Nahant, MA Cabin Cruiser Fire, Jul 1950
:: New Bedford, MA Schooner J. W. Campbell Wreck, Apr 1896
 
Michigan
:: Saginaw, MI Steamer Handy Boy Accident, Apr 1890
 
Minnesota
:: Lake Pepin Disaster, Jul 1890
 
Missouri
:: Glen Park, MO Steamer City of Saltillo Wreck, May 1910 
   
Mississippi
:: Vicksburg, MS Steamer W. T. Scovel Explosion, Dec 1906
 
New York
:: General Slocum Disaster Jun 1904
:: Steamship Adirondack Wreck Jan 1891
:: Steamship Ravenshoe Fire Jan 1891
:: Steamer Griffel Sinking 1901
:: New York, NY Ferry Boat Wreck & Fire, Aug 1910 
:: NY Staten Island Ferry Wreck May 1902
:: NY New York Ship crashes into pier Feb 1907
:: NY Ship Frozen in, Jan 1885 
 
Oregon
:: Canemah, OR Steamer Gazelle Explosion, Apr 1854 
:: Marshfield, OR Bawnmore Steamer Wreck Sept 1895
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Marshfield, OR Schooner Osprey Wreck, Nov 1912

 
Pennsylvania
:: Steamer Aliquippa Sinking, Aliquippa, PA Aug 1928
 
Rhode Island
:: Block Island, RI Larchmont Disaster, Feb 1907
 
Tennessee
:: Knoxville, TN Boating Accident, July 1896
 
Wisconsin
:: Fond du Lac, WI Boating Accident, Jul 1906 
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La Crosse, WI Steamer War Eagle Fire, May 1870  

:: Lake Geneva, WI Boating Accident & Drowning, Jul 1895
:: Manitowoc Vernon Propeller Ship Wreck Oct 1887  
 
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Hoboken, NJ Fireboat in Action, early 1900s