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Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic

Hilton, George W.

Verlag: Stanford University Press, 1995
ISBN 10: 0804722919 / ISBN 13: 9780804722919
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Titel: Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic

Verlag: Stanford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: On the morning of July 14, 1915, the steamer Eastland capsized in the Chicago River as she was casting off her lines preparing to depart on an excursion of Western Electric Company employees to a company picnic. The accident killed more than 800 men, women, and children, making it the worst disaster of any kind in the history of Chicago and in the history of the Great Lakes. This first comprehensive account of the Eastland disaster attempts to explain what has always been regarded as an inexplicable event. In the process, the author refutes many of the myths that have grown out of the Eastland tragedy, notably that the ship capsized because most of her passengers suddenly rushed from starboard - the wharf side - to port. No similar maritime disaster has received more attention to detail than the author has accorded the Eastland, making this a landmark study in the annals of American maritime history. The Eastland was stable when she was built in 1903, but was reduced to only marginal stability bymodifications made during her first season of operation. The ship nearly capsized on July 1904, and experienced other episodes of instability and near-catastrophe over the course of her first twelve years. The final straw was the changes made to the ship in anticipation of the requirements of the La Follette Seamen's Act of 1915. This legislation was the American manifestation of the boats-for-all movement that emerged from the worldwide furor following the sinking of the Titanic, when it was revealed that she carried boatage for only 1,178 people of her licensed capacity of 1,603. On July 2, 1915, three lifeboats and six liferafts were added to the Eastland to increase her licensed capacity.These additions severely aggravated her chronic topheaviness, and 22 days later, on the first occasion she was loaded to her new capacity, the Eastland capsized. The book first describes the previous history of the ship (which. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0804722919

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Inhaltsangabe: This is the first comprehensive account of the capsizing in 1915 of the steamer Eastland, an accident that killed more than 800 men, women, and children?the worst disaster of any kind in the history of Chicago and the worst in the history of the Great Lakes.


"Hilton has written a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the worst disaster in Chicago's history. . . . Alterations and the addition of more lifeboats and rafts after the Titanic sank made the Eastland so unstable that it rolled over in the Chicago River. . . . The vessel's entire career is examined, and . . . the disaster itself is meticulously described and analyzed. Hilton also critically evaluates the subsequent civil and criminal court proceedings, raising a number of issues relating to marine safety regulations and the compensation of the victims' families."


"Irony and tragedy combine in this account of America's worst marine disaster. . . . Hilton constructs a careful account of the events leading up to the calamity. The disaster itself is recounted minute by minute. . . . The numerous illustrations and period photographs, as well as numerous appendixes, make this a definitive account."

?Library Journal

"This is the book on the Eastland."

?Inland Seas

"It contains vivid accounts of drownings and rescues, heroism and cowardice."

?Chicago Tribune

Klappentext: ?This is a great book, the first full revelation of how one of America?s most appalling marine disasters actually happened. The world of maritime history will find the work invaluable. Hilton?s account of this exciting yet tragic story reflects a deep understanding of history, of naval architecture, of Chicago?s ethnic makeup, and of law, both civil and admiralty. One hopes that this work will serve as a model for other maritime historians to follow.??Edwin F. Dunbaugh, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture
?The numerous illustrations and period photographs as well as numerous appendixes make this a definitive account.??Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific University Library

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