by Whet Moser
The Trib takes a look back at the sinking of the Eastland in 1915; 844 people died when the ship rolled over in the port at Clark and LaSalle. The Eastland Disaster Historical Society's Web site is a comprehensive resource, and the page on the causes of the disaster is particularly fascinating--the Eastland was so badly designed that simply loading it up with passengers caused it to sink, as it had almost done several times over its 12-year history. There was no fatal flaw; the ship was its own fatal flaw. Fun fact: the cold storage unit where many of the the bodies were taken is now Harpo Studios. The Library of Congress's collection of Chicago Daily News photographs of the disaster is amazing.