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Morro Castle: Inferno at Sea

Jim Kalafus reviews Inferno at Sea : Stories of Death and Survival Aboard the Morro Castle Summer deck chair reading season is upon us, and the perfect book for a liner buff to take along for vacation reading has just been published. Coyle…

Morro Castle : The Forgotten Voices

One night out from Havana. Aboard the Morro Castle, passengers gather in the Deck Ballroom for a costume party. In less than four days time, the liner will be destroyed and 128 will be dead. In four hours it would all be over. The…

Morro Castle Newsreel

A newsreel from 1934 showing scenes of the fire that engulfed the Morro Castle and the rescue of her survivors. Courtesy of Jim Kalafus
The General Slocum

The General Slocum

The General Slocum has been part of my life for as far back as I can remember. My great grandmother, Amelia, 20 in 1904, lived in Little Germany. She knew, or knew of, many of the principal players in the events of June 15, 1904 and as a…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 3

Jim Kalafus continues the tragic story of the Morro Castle. The Gang's All Here There were a large number of Doctors aboard the Morro Castle's final voyage. As a group, they did not fare well: Doctors Busquet, and Coll were lost 'though…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 2

Part two of Jim Kalafus's epic history of the Morro Castle disaster. Final Departure 1934 proved to be an uneventful year for the Morro Castle after the turbulent latter half of 1933. Cuba remained unstable, but through September the Morro…