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The Sinking of the Eastland

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On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland was among a small group of vessels commissioned by Western Electric for a pleasant afternoon outing. Five boats set out to take employees and their families to Michigan City, Indiana. The Eastland was considered the flagship carrier of the Great Lakes. But shortly after the boat departed the Chicago River Dock that Saturday, tragedy struck.

The book The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy weaves together historic accounts and stories of survivors. In a 2005 interview with Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards, author Jay Bonansinga set the scene for what was to be Chicago's worst-ever maritime disaster.

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