CHICAGO — It was supposed to be a day of celebration for thousands of Western Electric Company employees. Exactly 100 years ago Friday, they gathered aboard the
S.S. Eastland for a trip to Michigan City, Indiana. It was docked at the Clark Street Bridge, but it never left the Chicago River. The ship rolled over and more than 800 people died including 22 entire families.
Marianne Mather, the photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, who discovered new images from the disaster and Ted Wacholz, the executive director of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.
A full gallery can be found at chicagotribune.com/eastland