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General Slocum Disaster 1904

What do a  ship disaster  and the Orlando Public Library have in common?

The steamship General Slocum burned on 15 June 1904 off North Brother Island, New York. Newspaper articles about the tragedy which took the lives of over 1000 persons identify police department employee Inspector Albertson as being on the scene on Brother Island.

Inspector Albertson, later became a Captain in the police department, retiring to the Orlando area. He later donated all his genealogy books to the city of Orlando with the stipulation that they be housed in a library bearing his name.

The Albertson Public Library was the result. And as Paul Harvey would say: “Now you know the rest of the story!”

The original photos are part of the Genealogy Collection at the Orange County Library System.

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General Slocum Disaster
The remains of the General Slocum paddlewheeler being towed to the landing at Riker's Island, New York circa June 25, 1904. The...
General Slocum Disaster
Coroner O'Gorman and Inspector Charles Albertson (Albertson Public Library) shown on the landing at North Brother Island circa June 25, 1904 at...
General Slocum Disaster
The remains of the General Slocum paddlewheeler being towed to the landing at Riker's Island, New York circa June 25, 1904. The...
General Slocum Disaster
Photographer A. E. Dunn 1838 7th Avenue, New York. Photo of police, coroner and others on the shore of North Brother Island retrieving...
General Slocum Disaster
Photographer G. E. Stonebridge, 4143 Park Avenue, New York. Photo of Left to right: No. 2 Captain William Dean, No. 3 Inspector Charles...
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Photo by G. E. Stonebridge, 4143 Park Avenue, New York. Photo of Cororner O'Gorman, Inspector Albertson and others on the landing at North...
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What does the sinking of a paddlewheeler in New York have to do with the Orlando Public Library?   Photographer G. E. Stonebridge, 4143...
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Article from Brooklyn Daily Eagle from the 26th of June 1904 states that Inspector Albertson was on scene "yesterday afternoon." This dates many of the photos attached to this topic as being from 25 June 1904.
The article was transcribed by Mimi Stevens.


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