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  •  Yes - there was a segment on one of the (2+ / 0-)
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    Cable channels about Great Lakes shipwrecks and the Eastland was one of the wrecks.

    There have been several inland/river disasters in the last 2 centuries.

    There was the and General Slocum in New York Harbor - I can't remember the name of the ship, but it was another tragic end to what was supposed to be a nice summer outing.

    There was also one on the Mississipi during the Civil War - an overloaded paddle wheeler with Union soldiers being evacuated.  The poorly maintained boiler burst, ship caught fire, sunk with a great loss of lives.  Don't remember the name of the ship.

    The land was ours before we were the land's...Robert Frost, The Gift Outright

    by HylasBrook on Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 07:46:35 PM PST

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    •  The Sultana (1+ / 0-)
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      A 1,720 ton side-wheeler paddleboat, grossly overloaded with soldiers returning from the Civil War.

      Boiler explosion on the Mississippi, just above Memphis.  Estimated dead 1750 - 30 more than the Titanic

      See Strange Sea Stories and Legends by Bill Wisner, Signet Books:  1981

      Our promises are made in proportion to our hopes, but kept in proportion to our fears.-LaRouchefoucauld

      by luvsathoroughbred on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 10:00:06 AM PST

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      •  actually, if you search disaster websites for (2+ / 0-)
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        boiler explosions, you will find a whole bunch of paddlewheelers and locomotives on the list.  I was reading about several yesterday on the site linked upthread

        WWJD - for a Klondike bar. Sign on a graduate student's door.

        by Hard to Port on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 03:29:41 PM PST

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