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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Wreck of the Morro Castle: 1934

Wreck of the Morro Castle: 1934

The passenger liner Morro Castle caught fire September 8, 1934 and was abandoned at sea. Of 549 passengers and crew aboard, 135 were lost. Shortly afterward she drifted ashore at Asbury Park, New Jersey and burned for two days. My Aunt Vi probably took this photo. The wreck was a major attraction while it was there. View full size.

Background story

Here is an interesting link that gives background information, including a brief video of the burning ship.

http://cruiselinehistory.com/?p=3405

Memorial at Asbury Park

They finally constructed a memorial to the Morro Castle on the shore not too far from where she floundered.

 
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