July 24, 2011

July 24: The Eastland Disaster, 1915

On July 24, 1915, the S. S. Eastland rolled over in the Chicago harbor, just 20 feet from shore. 844 people died -- all in about five minutes.

Read article here.

Pictured: 1915 photograph of rescue attempts by the Kenosa tugboat and other ships. From the Chicago Daily News, July 24, 1915.

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