November 27, 2008

A sailor’s story

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A mere 11 years before the famous Eastland Disaster, a short tale entitled ‘The Wreck of The Chicago’ was published in The Strand. It dealt with the fictional wreck of a charter boat in Chicago, USA, that killed hundreds, just like the Eastland would more than a decade later.

Similar to ‘Futility’, a novel which had many similarities to the later Titanic disaster, ‘The Wreck of The Chicago’ had even eerier similarities to the real-life Eastland sinking, including the names and stories of four figures: