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What Was the General Slocum Disaster?

 On June 15, 1904, the steamboat General Slocum caught fire while ferrying members of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church up the East River to their annual outing. One thousand of its 1,300 passengers would perish, largely the consequence of disintegrating fire hoses and inaccessible lifeboats. It remained the deadliest day in recorded New York City history until September 11, 2001.

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