The Sinking of the Eastland – America’s Forgotten Tragedy


This true story of the annual Western Electric Company picnic cruise from Chicago to Washington Park, Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana ended with 844 drowned at the dock on the Steam Ship Eastland that had capsized at the Chicago wharf in 1915.

On July 24, 1915, the city of Chicago suffered a tragedy that was witnessed by nearly 10,000 bystanders and claimed more lives than the infamous Chicago Fire. But, unlike the Titanic three years before, the sinking of the steamship Eastland has been largely forgotten. Now award-winning writer and Chicagoan Jay Bonansinga has set out to discover why – and the result is a historical thriller.

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