Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

112 Years Ago- Tragedy Struck

The PS General Slocum burned in the East River. Over a thousand people died in the single greatest loss of life in New York City in the last century. As I mentioned before, the loss of the General Slocum has largely been forgotten, probably more for reasons of class and ethnicity than anything else. There wasn't a John Jacob Astor IV on the Slocum.

Still, like the Titanic, people died, in part, because of unenforced and outdated safety regulations. In the case of the Slocum, corruption and venality played a part in the size of the death toll.

2 comments:

D. said...

Yeah. Also, it got eclipsed by 9/11.

Also, it's the link to reality in Ulysses.

CenterPuke88 said...

Have you ever read the old Strange Maps blog, now part of Big Think? I,previously heard about the Slocum there.

http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/663-death-of-little-germany-how-a-ship-sank-an-enclave