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Caught on camera: Almost a century on, footage has surfaced of a boating disaster that killed 844 people en route to a company picnic in Chicago All hands on deck: On July 24, 1915 the SS Eastland capsized while it was still docked in an estimated 20 feet of Christmas Nike Jerseys water. Many of the victims were children and teenagers, who were dressed in their Sunday bestThere were a total of 2,500 passengers on board that fateful day.A?Western Electric had chartered the Eastland and other ships to take employees from its Hawthorne factory in Cicero, Illinois, to a summer party in Michigan City, Indiana. At the time the Christmas Nike Jerseys company had around 10,000 staff.The Eastland - which launched in 1903 - had a reputation for being unstable and its licensed capacity had been reduced several times in a bid to balance it out.Many blamed its eventual sinking on a case of overcrowding. After being salvaged, the shipwrecked Eastland was sold to the U.S. Navy. RELATED ARTICLES Christmas Nike Jerseys Previous 1 Next Fisherman finds GoPro camera with 'selfie footage' of a... Prosecution, defence appeal S.Korea ferry disaster crew... Share this article Share It was renovated and renamed the USS Wilmette as a designated gunboat.She was primarily used for training purposes on the Great Lakes and scrapped after World War IIJeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the Christmas Nike Jerseys University of Illinois at Chicago, told CBS NewsA?that he found the videos of the Eastland while he was looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War I.He was using the website http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en, which gathers digitized memorabilia and personal stories from individuals.The Eastland Disaster Historical Society says the film Nichols discovered on Europeana humanizes the tragedy in a Christmas Nike Jerseys new way. Watery grave: Two newly-discovered grainy black and white clips of the incident shows workers trying to right the vessel, while survivors stand shivering in blankets. Boasting tragedy: There were a total of 2,500 passengers on board that fateful dayTed Wachholz, the organisation's executive director said: 'The film footage . . . is the single most Christmas Nike Jerseys important discovery from research over the past 100 years for those who are interested in the history of the Eastland Disaster.'Over the past 16 years, EDHS has pursued numerous leads, driven hundreds of miles, sent emails, and made phone calls all while responding to reports of possible film footage of the Eastland Disaster.A?'All of these previous leads Christmas Nike Jerseys have ended without any results. Late Friday, however, Mr. Nichols was gracious enough to share his discovery on our Facebook page.'All of us at EDHS and many more who follow us have gotten chills upon viewing this incredible footage, and we know that thousands more will experience the same.'Caroline Homolka, 17, was among the victims of the Christmas Nike Jerseys Eastland sinking. She and her brother Joe both worked for Western Electric and were getting ready to attend the picnic and decided to go separately with their own friends. Surprise find: Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told CBS News that he found the videos of the Eastland while he was Christmas Nike Jerseys looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War IA? 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