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'Eastland': Legacy of the 'Titanic'

'Eastland': Legacy of the 'Titanic'

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  • George W Hilton
  • Stanford University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780804728010
  • 9.3 X 6.15 X 0.86 inches
  • 1.2 pounds
  • Transportation > Ships & Shipbuilding - General
  • English
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This is the first comprehensive account of the capsizing in 1915 of the steamer Eastland, an accident that killed more than 800 men, women, and children--the worst disaster of any kind in the history of Chicago and the worst in the history of the Great Lakes. Reviews Hilton has written a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the worst disaster in Chicago's history. . . . Alterations and the addition of more lifeboats and rafts after the Titanic sank made the Eastland so unstable that it rolled over in the Chicago River. . . . The vessel's entire career is examined, and . . . the disaster itself is meticulously described and analyzed. Hilton also critically evaluates the subsequent civil and criminal court proceedings, raising a number of issues relating to marine safety regulations and the compensation of the victims' families. --Choice Irony and tragedy combine in this account of America's worst marine disaster. . . . Hilton constructs a careful account of the events leading up to the calamity. The disaster itself is recounted minute by minute. . . . The numerous illustrations and period photographs, as well as numerous appendixes, make this a definitive account. --Library Journal This is the book on the Eastland. --Inland Seas It contains vivid accounts of drownings and rescues, heroism and cowardice. --Chicago Tribune
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