106 years ago today, the General Slocum, a rather large ferry boat, burned up while passing through Hell Gate – the portion of the east river along today’s Astoria Park.
All told, 1,021 perished out of the original 1,358 who boarded the ship that morning. But there were miracles. One little boy was thrown into the river in midstream clutching his stuffed toy dog. He was fished from the river unharmed, still clutching the prized dog. Tales of heroism and cruelty filled the newspaper accounts for days and weeks after the event. A heroic captain ran his tug alongside the General Slocum in full exposure to the fire and saved over a hundred lives.NOTE: Argumentative comments completely devoid of facts (supply links to support your arguement) will not be published. <