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Thread #96272   Message #1882698
Posted By: Peace
10-Nov-06 - 07:36 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
Remember The Slocum? Probably Not

By Clyde Haberman, New York Times, March 9, 2002

TO call it forgotten might be going too far. Let's just say that it is little noticed, the Slocum Memorial Fountain in Tompkins Square Park.

Odds are good -- no, more than that, they're very high -- that you have never heard of the General Slocum. It was an excursion steamer, named for a Civil War general, Henry Warner Slocum. On June 15, 1904, it sailed up the East River with 1,331 people on board, all headed for a Sunday school picnic on Long Island.

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