New York, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General Slocum Disaster Centennial
1904 - 2004
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.
The Maritime Industry Museum
SUNY – Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, The Bronx, NY
Location. 40° 43.626′ N, 73° 59.235′ W. Marker is in New York, New York. 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 78 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.