The SS Eastland disaster 1915

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  1. LaserT

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    Rare photos were found in the Chicago Tribune basement.

    The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. On July 24, 1915 the ship rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.[

    Following the disaster, the Eastland was salvaged and sold to the United States Navy. After restorations and modifications theEastland was designated as a gunboat and renamed the USS Wilmette. She was used primarily as a training vessel on the Great Lakes, and was scrapped following World War II.

    On the fateful morning of July 24th, 1915 passengers began boarding the Eastland on the south bank of the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle Streets around 6:30, and by 7:10 a.m., the ship had reached its capacity of 2,572 passengers. The ship was packed, with many passengers standing on the open upper decks, and began to list slightly to the port side (away from the wharf). The crew attempted to stabilize the ship by admitting water to its ballast tanks, but to little avail. Sometime in the next 15 minutes, a number of passengers rushed to the port side, and at 7:28, the Eastland lurched sharply to port, and then rolled completely onto its side, coming to rest on the river bottom, which was only 20 feet below the surface. Many other passengers had already moved below decks on this relatively cool and damp morning to warm up before the departure. Consequently, hundreds were trapped inside by the water and the sudden rollover; others were crushed by heavy furniture, including pianos, bookcases, and tables.

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    Interesting stuff man, as usual. Kudos.
     
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    wow, never heard of it :hat:
     
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    From a Chicagoan, thanks. They talk about this on the Chicago Ghost Boat a tour, there's a plaque up as well, but oddly it is not as well known as you'd expect. Thanks, you always show the stuff the cool history teacher would bring, awesome!
     
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    That looks so small for so many people
     
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    USS Wilmette

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    Yet another reason to hate crowds.
     
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    Home town pics for a change.:yes:
     
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    Great stuff as usual, LT.

    Something about shipwrecks-- even in shallow water. They are highly unforgiving.
     
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    Now, that would make for a good HBO movie. What we don't need is a mini-series about building low income housing in Yonkers so the Blakes can have free housing.
     
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    :no: Chicago ain't your town, captain far west burbs.
     
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    Was born in the city. My folks lived on Augusta Blvd for several years. Right off Western.
     
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    Americans had balls then. Now if 1000 people died on a ship, no way would it be reused.
     
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    Chicago.. can't make a pizza or sail. :jj: