Thursday, August 2, 2018


I love reading books about little known events.  For one thing it can shine a light on the forgotten victims and survivors if nothing else.

This book tells of a disaster that seems unbelievable - a 3 hour tour if you will that went very wrong.  The S.S Eastland was carrying 2,500 passengers to a picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan and it didn't even make it out of port before it tipped over.  844 people died - crushed from falling furniture, etc, trapped and drowned.  This book focuses on several of the passengers - some who survived and some who did not.

My biggest issue with the book is that since it is not well known and not well documented there isn't a whole lot to tell.  There is a good bit leading up - why they were going, background on ship, some of the people and their background but it loses some punch when you don't get to know the people well.  Maybe a fictionalized account would have been better??  Not sure...

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