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Ship Ablaze: The General Slocum Disaster DVD

Ship Ablaze: The General Slocum Disaster DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2004

On a spring morning in 1904, a fire onboard a ferry led to the worst disaster in New York City history prior to September 11th.

  • Contemporary accounts and recent investigations shed light on the Slocum's fate.
  • A comprehensive exploration of an overlooked event in American history.
  • Includes the last known interviews with the longest living survivors of the Slocum disaster.


On a beautiful spring morning in June 1904, approximately 1,300 New Yorkers boarded the steamer General Slocum for a daylong excursion to Long Island. Less than an hour later, over 1,000 of them were dead.

SHIP ABLAZE is a detailed account of the overlooked disaster that remained the deadliest event in New York City history until September 11th. An annual church excursion turned fatal when fire broke out onboard, forcing the largely German immigrant passengers--most of whom could not swim--into the water to escape the flames. SHIP ABLAZE draws on firsthand accounts, including the last known interviews with the two longest living survivors, to bring this tragedy to life, while historians speculate on why the Slocum escaped the infamy of the Titanic or the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

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