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Thread #96272   Message #1879565
Posted By: Dave'sWife
08-Nov-06 - 05:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
Subject: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
In the BS thread on Ramapo school board politcis I wound up mentiong a book by an Irish-American guy whose grandfather, father and brother were all NYC cops. Anyhoo, his Grandfather dove into the water to try and save victims of the Wreck of The General Slocum, a side-wheel river bat that caught fire shortly after leaving it's pier, eventually running aground on North Brother Island in the Bronx. Over a thousand people drowned or died in the fire - mostly women and children. It's one of those big events that you just grow up knowing about if your family is from the Bronx.

I was certain I had heard a song aout it as a child called The Wreck of General Slocum but I'll be damned if I can find it online. The closest I can find in title is a modern song called "The Slocum Goes Slow" by Jim Connelly on CD called The Circus Doesn't Stop at Gove by my 'puter is acting up and I can't seem to download it.

Anyone know of any songs about this disaster? prior to 9/11 it was the worst loss of life in the history of NYC so you'd think there'd be something, yes?

Links:

The burning of the General Slocum


Jim Connelly at MP3.com