2018-06-27 / Front Page

Annual Memorial Service For Victims Of General Slocum Tragedy

Lieutenant Khiem Nagy of the United States Coast Guard gave a brief history of the impact of the General Slocum tragedy on maritime safety regulations.


Photos Walter KarlingLieutenant Khiem Nagy of the United States Coast Guard gave a brief history of the impact of the General Slocum tragedy on maritime safety regulations. Photos Walter KarlingThe annual memorial service for the victims of the A carving depicting the General Slocum’s burning on the base of the memorial.

A carving depicting the General Slocum’s burning on the base of the memorial. General Slocum steamship tragedy in the East River, which occurred 114 years ago, was held on June 16.

The monument with floral wreaths.The monument with floral wreaths.More than 1,000 people, mainly women and children Council Member Robert Holden (l.) looks on as the All Faiths Cemetery Community Service Award is presented to local businessman Anthony Nunziato (c.) by cemetery board Chair Daniel Austin, Sr. Nunziato has been very instrumental in keeping the annual memorial service alive in the public’s memory.
Council Member Robert Holden (l.) looks on as the All Faiths Cemetery Community Service Award is presented to local businessman Anthony Nunziato (c.) by cemetery board Chair Daniel Austin, Sr. Nunziato has been very instrumental in keeping the annual memorial service alive in the public’s memory. from the “Kleindeutschland” (Little Germany) area of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, fell victim to the flames. The ship burned and sank in the Hell Gate strait of the East River opposite Astoria on June 15, 1904 while en route to a Sunday picnic outing in Locust Grove, Long Island. This was the greatest loss of life in New York City history prior to the attacks of September 11.

Patriotic and religious music was performed by the Joyful Bell Ringers.
Patriotic and religious music was performed by the Joyful Bell Ringers. The annual memorial service was held at All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village, where many of the deceased were buried under beautiful, imposing monuments and statuary.

Bruce Rust, whose great-grandmother Charlotte May was one of the General Slocum victims, holds the original memorial service program for the commemoration held exactly one year later in 1905. May was 50 at the time of the sinking.

Bruce Rust, whose great-grandmother Charlotte May was one of the General Slocum victims, holds the original memorial service program for the commemoration held exactly one year later in 1905. May was 50 at the time of the sinking. Details of the General Slocum disaster can be found from the Wikipedia article at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_General_Slocum.

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