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‘Eastland’
Legacy of the ‘Titanic’
George W. Hilton

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1995
384 pages.
$32.95

Paper ISBN: 9780804728010

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This is the first comprehensive account of the capsizing in 1915 of the steamer Eastland, an accident that killed more than 800 men, women, and children—the worst disaster of any kind in the history of Chicago and the worst in the history of the Great Lakes.

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"Hilton has written a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the worst disaster in Chicago's history. . . . Alterations and the addition of more lifeboats and rafts after the Titanic sank made the Eastland so unstable that it rolled over in the Chicago River. . . . The vessel's entire career is examined, and . . . the disaster itself is meticulously described and analyzed. Hilton also critically evaluates the subsequent civil and criminal court proceedings, raising a number of issues relating to marine safety regulations and the compensation of the victims' families."

—Choice

"Irony and tragedy combine in this account of America's worst marine disaster. . . . Hilton constructs a careful account of the events leading up to the calamity. The disaster itself is recounted minute by minute. . . . The numerous illustrations and period photographs, as well as numerous appendixes, make this a definitive account."

—Library Journal

"This is the book on the Eastland."

—Inland Seas

"It contains vivid accounts of drownings and rescues, heroism and cowardice."

—Chicago Tribune

"This is a great book, the first full revelation of how one of America's most appalling marine disasters actually happened. The world of maritime history will find the work invaluable. Hilton's account of this exciting yet tragic story reflects a deep understanding of history, of naval architecture, of Chicago's ethnic makeup, and of law, both civil and admiralty. One hopes that this work will serve as a model for other maritime historians to follow."

—Edwin F. Dunbaugh, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

"The numerous illustrations and period photographs as well as numerous appendixes make this a definitive account."

—Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific University Library

"Hilton has written a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the worst disaster in Chicago's history. . . . Alterations and the addition of more lifeboats and rafts after the Titanic sank made the Eastland so unstable that it rolled over in the Chicago River. . . . The vessel's entire career is examined, and . . . the disaster itself is meticulously described and analyzed. Hilton also critically evaluates the subsequent civil and criminal court proceedings, raising a number of issues relating to marine safety regulations and the compensation of the victims' families."

Choice

"Irony and tragedy combine in this account of America's worst marine disaster. . . . Hilton constructs a careful account of the events leading up to the calamity. The disaster itself is recounted minute by minute. . . . The numerous illustrations and period photographs, as well as numerous appendixes, make this a definitive account."

Library Journal

"It contains vivid accounts of drownings and rescues, heroism and cowardice."

Chicago Tribune

"This is the book on the Eastland."

Inland Seas