When you think of disasters in New York, nothing could compare to the horrors of September 11, 2001. Nearly a century before that horrific day, another tragic disaster occurred here. In June 1904, the General Slocum steamboat caught fire and sank in New York City’s East River. The disaster was the worst to occur in New York in terms of loss of life up to that point. More than 1,000 people perished in the accident.

Perhaps the only good thing to come out of this tragedy was that passenger ship safety standards were greatly improvedThe last surviving passenger from the General Slocum, Adella Wotherspoon, passed away in 2004 at the age of 100.

Were you familiar with this terrible accident?


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