Ship of Screams: The Eastland Disaster
Chicago has had more than its shares of disasters and the sinking of the S. S. Eastland on July 24, 1915 was one of the worst. 845 crew and passengers lost their lives on a day that was supposed to be one of fun for the Western Electric Company employees. Many of the victims were women and children and, in some cases, whole families were drowned. Bodies were removed to a cold storage warehouse nearby which today is Harpo Studios.
Links to internet sites on The Eastland disaster have been updated. Be sure to view the postcards.