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General Slocum Disaster Centennial

1904 - 2004

 
 
General Slocum Disaster Centennial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 2005
1. General Slocum Disaster Centennial Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the former St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (1857 to 1940) a mostly German immigrant parish. On Wednesday, June 15, 1904, the church chartered the excursion steamer, General Slocum, to take the members on the 17th annual Sunday school picnic. The steamer sailed up the East River, with some 1400 passengers aboard, when it entered the infamous Hell Gate passage, caught fire and was beached and sank on North Brother Island. It is estimated 1200 people lost their lives, mostly women and children, dying within yards of the Bronx shores.
The General Slocum had been certified by the U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service to safely carry 2500 passengers five weeks before the disaster. An investigation after the fire and sinking found the lifeboats were wired and glued with paint to the deck, life jackets fell apart with age, fire hose (sic) burst under water pressure, and the crew never has a fire drill.
Until the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the Slocum disaster had been the largest fire fatality in New York City’s history.
Dedicated Sunday, June 13, 2004, by the Slocum Centennial Committee.
The Maritime Industry Museum
SUNY – Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, The Bronx, NY

 
Erected
"General Slocum" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2, 2017
2. "General Slocum"
2004 by Slocum Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 40° 43.626′ N, 73° 59.235′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East 6th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. between First and Second Avenues. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 East 6th Street, New York NY 10003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stuyvesant Polyclinic (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library (about 700 feet away); New York Marble Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hebrew Technical Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ukranian Americans World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); New York City Marble Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel D. Tompkins (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  General Slocum Disaster - New York Public Library. (Submitted on January 24, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionDisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Community Synagogue, Max D. Raiskin Center image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2001
3. Community Synagogue, Max D. Raiskin Center
Formerly St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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