Ship ablaze the tragedy of the steamboat general slocum edward t odonnell on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers there were few experienced swimmers among over 1 300 lower east side residents who boarded the general slocum on june 15. Ship ablaze the tragedy of the steamboat general slocom by edward t odonnell is eye opening i saw a documentary about the ship that caught fire in the east river of nyc and burned and killed most of the passengers. The ps general slocum was a sidewheel passenger steamboat built in brooklyn new york in 1891during her service history she was involved in a number of mishaps including multiple groundings and collisions on june 15 1904 general slocum caught fire and sank in the east river of new york city at the time of the accident she was on a chartered run carrying members of st marks . While promised a discovery of sunken treasure we more often find the safe of the andrea doria an empty closet ed odonnell has written a page turner he has concentrated his love of the city on the tragedy of the steamboat general slocum and produced a literary memorial of real poignancy. Description of the book ship ablaze tells the extraordinary story of the burning of the steamboat general slocum the deadliest day in new york city history before september 11 more than 1000 new yorkers perished on june 15 1904 when their steamboat burst into flames on the east river
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