The Weekly History Thread Capsizes!

Welcome to this week’s History Thread! No discussion topic, just fun and learning!

Today’s picture: On July 24, 1915 the SS Eastland, a passenger ship used for touring Lake Michigan, capsized while docked in Chicago. Exactly what happened is unclear, though the ship had long been characterized as top-heavy due to questionable construction and it was perhaps overloaded with passengers (mostly employees of Western Electric). Either way, it was a costly disaster, with 844 people dying, the largest loss of life in a Great Lakes shipping disaster.