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Ship Ablaze: The General Slocum Disaster

A century ago, a steamship called the General Slocum left the piers at East 3rd Street. The boat was filled with more than 1,300 residents of the Lower East Side, many of them recent immigrants. Their destination was a church picnic on Long Island. But as the steamship made its way up the East River, it caught fire and sank. More than 1,000 people on the boat, many of them women and children, died in the disaster. Slocum survivor Adella Wotherspoon recounted the story.
 
 
 
 
 

Slocum survivor Adella Wotherspoon

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