Slocum Disaster &
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
By Patricia Doyle, PhD
GENERAL SLOCUM DISASTER
The General Slocum
On a sunny June morning in 1904, the General Slocum, an excursion boat, sailed from Manhattan's Third Street pier, bound for Long Island. Aboard the steamer was a local church group looking forward to a day of picnicking and fun. But just minutes after the Slocum left its dock, black smoke began pouring from the ship. Hay and cans of oil had somehow ignited in a supply room, and fire roared through the steamer. The burning of the Slocum proved to be one of the worst disasters on water in American history; 1,021 people — mostly women and children — were killed.
The Fire - Scene after the Collapse of the Hurricane-deck
The General Slocum Sinks
Some of the Survivors in Blankets being helped
View of the River Front, showing Bodies cast up on the Shore
Burial of the 'unidentified' 'Gen. Slocum' disaster
Shirtwaist Factory Fire
from Wikipedia and
25, 1911, a quick-spreading fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory killed
146 people as thousands watched.
The fire escape twisted and collapsed while workers were on it; 24 died falling from it and then others could not use it to get out.
Victims who jumped to their deaths
those who died jumped from windows of the factory.
photo shows the inside of the Triangle Factory after the
visited the temporary morgue set up after the fire on the Charities
drew thousands of people, many holding aloft shirtwaists
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