The Eastland Disaster


The S.S. Eastland lying on its side in the Chicago River after rolling over and drowning 844 people on July 24, 1915.  Chicago Tribune historical photo/TNS via Getty Images
The S.S. Eastland lying on its side in the Chicago River after rolling over and drowning 844 people on July 24, 1915. Chicago Tribune historical photo/TNS via Getty Images

The Eastland disaster was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in American history. And in this particular case, safety regulations actually made things worse.

Tracy's Research:

  • Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. "Eastland Disaster." Encyclopedia Britannica. 4/27/2017. https://www.britannica.com/event/Eastland-disaster
  • Greenhalgh, Imogen. " Historic lost footage of Chicago Disaster found by chance on Europeana." Europeana blog. http://blog.europeana.eu/2015/02/historic-lost-footage-of-chicago-disaster-found-by-chance-on-europeana/
  • Stranahan, Susan Q. "The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?." Smithsonian Magazine. 10/27/2014. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eastland-disaster-killed-more-passengers-titanic-and-lusitania-why-has-it-been-forgotten-180953146/
  • Young, David. "The Eastland Disaster." Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/chi-chicagodays-eastlanddisaster-story-story.html
  • Parkinson, Thomas I. "Problems Growing out of the Titanic Disaster." Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science in the City of New York, Vol. 6, No. 1, The American Mercantile Marine (Oct., 1915). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1193310
  • Text of the Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1914. https://archive.org/stream/textofconvention00inte/textofconvention00inte_djvu.txt
  • Kennedy, Philip B. "the Seamen's Act." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 63. Via JSTOR. Jan. 1916. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1012944
  • Hilton, George W. "Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic." Stanford University Press. 1995.
  • Eastland Disaster Historical Society. http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/

Topics in this Podcast: shipwrecks, 20th century, titanic, Chicago, disasters, U.S. history