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S.S. Eastland Disaster Location

S.S. Eastland Disaster Location paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 12/09/2019
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The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. On July 24, 1915, the ship rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River.

325 N LaSalle Dr
Chicago , IL 60654
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.886960
Lon: -87.632410

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Demographic Rank: 4
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 5
Evidence: 0
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S.S. Eastland Paranormal

The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. On July 24, 1915, the ship rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

After the disaster, Eastland was salvaged and sold to the United States Navy. After restorations and modifications, Eastland was designated a gunboat and renamed USS Wilmette. She was used primarily as a training vessel on the Great Lakes, and was scrapped after World War II.

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The SS Eastland, a passenger ship used for tours, was subject to the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes in 1915. The ship rolled onto its side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, causing the huge loss of life of 844 passengers and crew.

The bodies of those affected by the disaster can still be found to haunt the area near the Clark Street Bridge and employees of Harpo Studio (formerly the 2nd Regiment Armory of which many of the bodies were taken) claim to have heard doors slamming, phantom music, unexplained footsteps, disembodied children’s voices and terrifying screams for help.

The Grey Lady, presumably a woman who lost a child during the disaster has been reportedly spotted on security cameras. Walk along the Chicago River at night and it’s said that you can still hear her moans and blood-curdling screams.

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3237 02/23/2020 sdonley Faces have been seen staring up out of the water.
3238 02/23/2020 sdonley A women in grey has been seen walking up and down the river.
3239 02/23/2020 sdonley Moans have been heard.
3240 02/23/2020 sdonley Screams have been heard.
3241 02/23/2020 sdonley The feeling of uneasiness has been felt in the area.

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Wikipedia Entry
Added: 02/23/2020 By: sdonley
Wikipedia entry for this location.
Haunted Places to See This Spring in Chicago - Cool Things Chicago
Added: 02/23/2020 By: sdonley
Interested in the macabre and the dark history of Chicago? Visit these 6 amazing sites considered to be the top haunted places in Chicago.
Eastland Disaster Ghosts Haunt Chicago | Imagine Spirit
Added: 02/23/2020 By: sdonley
Eastland Disaster ghosts haunt Chicago even after one-hundred years. Read about the boat tragedy that killed dozens and their ghosts that haunt the area.
The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten? |History | Smithsonian Magazine
Added: 02/23/2020 By: sdonley
Chicago’s working poor were expecting a day in luxury. They instead faced a horrific calamity on Lake Michigan

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