The General Slocum Disaster


An illustration of the General Slocum disaster circa 1904. Public domain

The P.S. General Slocum burned in the East River in New York on June 15, 1904. It had been chartered for a group outing that suddenly became a deadly maritime disaster.

Tracy's Research:

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