On july 24, 1915, more than 800 people died in chicagos deadliest disaster when the ss eastland rolled onto its side in the chicago river, only 20 feet from shore. Does not look like theyve started a category for the ss eastland. The ss eastland, while still tied to the wharf, rolled into the chicago. Capsized the forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster by. The eastland capsized in the chicago river on july 24, 1915 killing 844 people.
Mpl teen associate lisa pike says the book, at 155 pages, is particularly good for kids in grades 46. Americas forgotten tragedy 2005 reads more like a novel but is wellresearched and accurate, perhaps because bonanzinga had been primarily a fiction writer. The ensuing struggle for survival, and the resulting death, heroism, cowardice, greed, and scandal gripped the city of chicago. Capsized the forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster kindle. Now middle grade readers can get the minute by minute account through patricia suttons new book, capsized. Early on the morning of saturday, july 24, 1915, a light rain fell. However, charles river editors need to hire a more effective editor as there were spelling mistakes throughout the small book. Where would i find a list of passengers of the ss eastland. They came to the chicago river on a rainy summer morning to get on a boat named the ss eastland and sail across the. The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster book. On july 24, 1915, the ss eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the chicago river while still moored to the pier. On this day in 1915, the steamer eastland overturns in the chicago river, drowning between 800 and 850 of its passengers who were heading to. Many of the photos are graphic, but they give one the sense of the magnitude of the loss and the feeling of hopelessness of those onboard, as well, as those along the dock. Online shopping from a great selection at books store.
This book contains a photographic history of the eastland disaster. Includes pictures includes accounts of the tragedy by survivors, witnesses and rescuers includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading and then movement caught my eye. Chicagos ss eastland disaster of 1915 killed 844 people and likely wouldnt have happened if not for the sinking of the titanic three years earlier, yet its largely been forgotten today. The policeman who was witnessing this said the boat just turned over, like an egg in the water and people were thrown into the river. The history of the deadliest shipwreck on the great lakes charles river editors on. Its a historical event that deserves more attention. Hilton argued in a 1995 book that the international reaction to the sinking of the titanic three years earlier ultimately doomed. Almost a century on, footage has surfaced of a freak boating disaster that killed 844 people traveling to a company picnic in chicago. Published on jul 16, 2015 over 800 people died when the s. The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster is a book that takes place in the busy city of chicago right. Eastland disaster historical society, arlington heights, il.
Despite its not insignificant flaws, this book provides insights into the lives of important women. Youngadult book about lake michigan 1915 ss eastland. More people died in the 1915 ss eastland boatsinking disaster on lake michigan than on the titanic, and most were women and children. Chicagos working poor were expecting a day in luxury. Eastland, known as the speed queen of the great lakes, was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take western electric employees. The ss eastland, while still tied to the wharf, rolled into the chicago river with more than 2,500 passengers on board. New film remembers the ss eastland and the day 844 died in. Perhaps its because the ss eastland capsized in just 20 feet of water while the ship was still docked on the chicago river. Capsized the forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster. I thought this was an informative book and i learned about the ss eastland disaster in a relatively short period of time.
A new book for young adults chronicles the event and the. The disaster took more passenger lives than the titanic and. It captures what occurred before, during and after the disaster. Ashes under water is a stunning piece of narrative nonfiction that equals the likes of jay bonansingas bestseller, the sinking of the eastland. The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster is a book that takes place in the busy city of chicago right on the river.
The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster, answer questions, and sign copies at barbaras bookstore. You may also sort individual columns by clicking on the column headers. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the eastland like never before, in no time at all. Patrick oneill riley explore what caused the ss eastlands capsizing, resulting in one of americas worst maritime catastrophes an overview of the eastland. A 2019 cooperative childrens book centers choice wisconsin writers contest 2018 winner of the toftewright childrens literary award on july 24, 1915, the ss eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the chicago river while still moored to the pier. The eastland disaster historical society edhs was founded to keep alive the memory of the disaster, victims, survivors, heroes, and anyone affected by the tragedy. The book sometimes left me craving more detail about a.
On the morning of july 24, 1915, the 2,500 passengers aboard the excursion ship ss eastland were looking forward to a pleasant outing at a lake michigan destination but instead found disaster in a tautly written, vividly detailed, suspenseful narrative, sutton chronicles the event that stands today as the greatest loss of life on the great lakes. Legacy of the titanic is much more technically oriented including the naval architecture concepts concerning the ship itself. The jay bonansinga book the sinking of the eastland. Instead, the days scheduled event turned into a tragedy unlike any other. On july 24, 1915, 844 people died in the worst maritime disaster in chicago history, when the ss eastland capsized in the chicago river. Second saturday series the edmund fitzgerald investigations w ric mixter jan 2018 duration. His sister, marie,who is now 98,recalls that he traveled home from the scene by streetcar and came into the house with his clothes soaking wet. The sinking of the eastland took more lives than the chicago fire and happened in the same city.
The table below contains key information about the passengers who were aboard the s. The eastland disaster, illinois images of america series by ted. The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster details the events leading up to the fateful day of the disaster and provides a minutebyminute account of the ships capsizing. Based on firsthand accounts of passengers, ship workers and bystanders, readers can experience the people and events that led to the sinking of the fastest steamship on the great lakes and its tragic aftermath. Meet the author as the horrific event marks its 103rd anniversary. On july 24, 1915, the ss eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 aboard, capsized in the chicago river while still moored to the pier. Its the story of a tragedy that i had never heard of before. The eastland disaster historical society edhs was founded to keep alive the memory of the disaster, victims, survivors, heroes. Americas forgotten tragedy or erik larsons book to movie, the devil in the white city. The eastland disaster is primarily a collection of relevant photographs which augment the other two books.
My fatherharry bolt was a survivor of the eastland disaster. Happy picnicgoers headed for an employee outing across lake michigan suddenly found themselves in a struggle for their lives. The eastland disaster killed more passengers than the titanic and the lusitania. Nearly 850 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families. Published on apr, 2014 this is footage taken of the rescue effort of the ss eastland disaster which happened on 24th july 1915 on the chicago river. You may search by name, portion of a name, or other keyword.
The disaster took more passenger lives than thetitanic and stands today as the greatest loss of life on the great lakes. Many more photographs of the events surrounding the ship, the sinking and the aftermath. The event happened one day before my fathers 19th birthday. The eastland disaster killed more passengers than the. The air was filled with anticipation and excitement. Eastland capsized in the chicago river on july 24, 1915. More people died on the eastland than did on the titantic, says patricia sutton, author of capsized. Capsized the forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster is the fifth book written on the eastland disaster and is the first one written for a younger audiencegrade school and up. He managed to climb up onto the side of the ship after it turned over. The eastland disaster early on the morning of july 24, 1915, the lake steamer eastland cast off from its morning along the chicago river.
The history of the deadliest shipwreck on the great lakes chronicles the story of the disaster and its aftermath. Patricia sutton describes the tragic launching of the ss eastland in a dramatic, riveting narrative filled with the vivid firsthand accounts of those onboard that brings readers along on a harrowing day trip. Sandburg also wrote a poem, the eastland, that contrasts the disaster with the mistreatment and poor health of the lower classes at the time. Ultimately, several individuals were charged with crimes in connection with the eastland disaster, but none would be found guilty. Chicagos deadliest day is the compelling and tragic story of how hundreds of immigrant factory workers and their families, setting out for leisurely summer cruise, died aboard a heavily loaded steamship that tipped over while still tied to the dock downtown on the chicago river. The tragedy of the eastland in downtown chicago cost more lives than the sinking of the titanic, yet is so less known. Firstknown footage found of 1915 chicago ss eastland. Eastland disaster historical society home facebook. I see a dozen eastlands every morning on my way to workand a dozen more going home at night. Eastland disaster the american passenger liner ss eastland capsized on july 24, 1915. Patricia sutton on july 24, 1915, the ss eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 aboard, capsized in the chicago river while still moored to the pier. Through meticulous research and vivid prose, sutton brings to life the littleknown story of the eastland ship disaster. Happy picnicgoers headed for an employee outing across lake. The forgotten story of the ss eastland disaster written by patricia sutton is a historical fiction book.765 110 282 489 411 165 201 1306 573 1486 954 341 529 474 255 1223 1265 457 481 981 41 851 1483 902 65 23 1373 1267 1450 919 1009 483 1468 525 1222 1150 1240 1465 822 1177 1002 63 735 379 726 1374 43