On the 24th of July, 1915, the SS Eastland – a passenger steamer – capsized in the Chicago River. Conditions at the time were perfectly calm, the water placid. There was no fire, no impact from another ship, no explosion. There was barely even any wind. In fact, the ship was still tied up to the dock. Help was on hand almost instantly. The water was relatively shallow, and the boat didn’t even fully sink. Yet despite all this, the Eastland disaster would turn into one of the deadliest in Chicago’s history.
00:00 – Intro
00:51 – A History of The Eastland
03:00 – The Day of the Disaster
07:20 – The Aftermath
I tell the true stories behind some of history’s greatest disasters… but without sensationalism or disturbing imagery. Fascinating Horror is all about in-depth research, respectful storytelling, and learning what we can from the mistakes of the past. You might be surprised to discover just how much of today’s world is shaped by long-forgotten disasters from decades gone by.
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