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Thread #96272   Message #1882717
Posted By: catspaw49
10-Nov-06 - 07:52 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
LOL.....Well Barry, that's the problem in a way. Nobody much remembers this 1904 disaster which almost rivaled Titanic with upwards of 1000 people losing their lives within a hundred foot of shore (going up the river in New York City). Then of course the other major non-wartime disaster was the 1915 Eastland catastrophe. Over 800 people died when the ship rolled over while tied to the dock in the river in the middle of the biggest city in the midwest, Chicago.

Go figure.

The Titanic was new and with many of the very rich/societry types aboard whereas the Slocum and the Eastland were both older vessels filled with working folks out for a rare holiday excursion. We remember Titanic while the Slocum and Eastland are footnotes.

And the songs seem to be the same way. I've read a lot about about both of these and although I recall some (maybe two) songs about the Eastland, I have no recall for anything on the General Slocum. Tell ya' what D-W.......I'll make this one a spare time project and start looking around on the web and in some libraries around here.