Synopsis: On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the Chicago River while still moored to the pier.
In "Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster" former elementary/middle school teacher and curriculum author Patricia Sutton (who was also a Golden Apple Award finalist for teacher excellence in the Chicago area, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) details the events leading up to the fateful day and provides a nail-biting, minute-by-minute account of the ship's capsizing.
Excited picnic-goers heading for a Western Electric employee outing on July 24, 1915 soon had their day of fun ripped away when the SS Eastland
capsized in the Chicago River just feet from its mooring.
Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America
In 1915, Chicago commuters were horrified to see the SS Eastland, a massive Lake Michigan steamship, flip over while tied to its dock.
Profiles of the central personalities involved in the career of the SS Eastland help to bring this compelling tale to life.
After more than a decade of research, journalist and Chicago resident Michael McCarthy shares a heartbreaking history in Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America.
On the morning of July 24, 1915 more than 2,500 of them boarded the SS Eastland
on the south side of the Chicago River.