07/24/14

Ghosts of the SS Eastland

ss eastland tragedyOn July 24, 1915, employees of the Western Electric Company packed up their families and boarded the SS Eastland in Chicago for a day of fun and relaxation. The ship was bound for a company-sponsored picnic in Indiana, but the idyllic day turned into a nightmare when the vessel rolled completely onto its side during boarding and sank 20 feet to the river’s bottom.

The sudden rollover trapped hundreds of men, women, and children underwater, while hundreds more struggled to stay afloat in the river, a sight witnesses described as “a moving sea of bodies.” Despite the best efforts of nearby ships, 844 people perished in the incident, including 22 entire families. Now, some say, the ghosts of the doomed passengers linger on.

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