Eastland Program at Whitefish Township Community Center
Friday, June 24, 2016 7:00 pm
The Shipwreck Museum will host historian Caitlyn Perry Dial as she tells the story of the steamer Eastland. Dial, Museum Educator for the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, has extensively researched the tragic sinking of the Eastland, which accounted for the greatest loss of life in a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
On Saturday, July 25, 1915, the doomed ship capsized at 6:53 am in the peaceful but murky Chicago River, right between Clark and LaSalle Streets, immediately drowning 835 men, women, and children who had signed up for a pleasant cross-lake excursion sponsored by the Western Electric Company. It was such an unspeakable tragedy that the City of Chicago refused to acknowledge the location with any type of historical marker for nearly 100 years. Ironically, the haunted Eastland was raised and used again by the Navy as the training vessel USS Wilmette.