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General Slocum Disaster Memorial

 
 
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By Christian Belena, May 8, 2007
1. General Slocum Disaster Memorial Marker
Inscription. Burning of the Steamship Gen Slocum on the East River June 15 1904 in which 1020 lives were lost.
 
Erected 1905 by Survivors and relatives of the General Slocum disaster.
 
Location. 40° 42.554′ N, 73° 52.872′ W. Marker is in Middle Village, New York, in Queens County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6729 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379, Middle Village NY 11379, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Remsen Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dexter Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Tree Dedication for Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 1.5 miles away); Rockaway Footpath (approx. 2 miles away); Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval (approx. 2.2 miles away); Howard’s Inn – Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Exedra (approx. 3.1 miles away); NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. To the left and right sides of the Slocum Memorial are smaller monuments: an angel with trumpet, left, and an angel with small child, right. Both have the same inscription that reads, in part, Dedicated to the Organization
General Slocum Disaster Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christian Belena, May 8, 2007
2. General Slocum Disaster Memorial Marker
of General Slocum Survivors in Memory of Their Dead.

 
Regarding General Slocum Disaster Memorial. On June 15, 1904, 1021 German immigrants (half of them children) died when their excursion steamship the General Slocum caught fire in the East River - destroying an entire neighborhood! More people died on this ship than on the Titanic and this was the single greatest loss in New York City up to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 1021 people (1/3 of those who died in the Twin Towers) burned or drowned. Sixty-one of the unidentified are buried under the memorial.

St. Marks Lutheran Church in the East Greenwich Village neighborhood of Little Germany chartered the General Slocum for a pleasant voyage to Locust Point on the north shore of Long Island. 1,358 church and community members consisting primarily of women and children departed from an East Third Street pier at about nine o'clock on the morning June 15, 1904. The ship never arrived at its destination.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Slocum Disaster, from the National Archives. "What started as a pleasant excursion on the East River ended in disaster." (Submitted on April 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Up the Creek without a Paddle, Remembering a Tragedy: The Steamboat General Slocum (1904). An article by Jason Zasky, published in Failure Magazine. (Submitted on April 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Ship Ablaze : The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum. Book by Edward T. O'Donnell on Amazon.com with a "look inside" before you buy feature. (Submitted on April 17, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 2,412 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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