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Chicago Tribune’s “50 Museum Marvels” includes CMM Eastland Disaster Dive Suit

Come see it for yourself, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 – 4 p.m in the Bridgeport Art Center.

“The new-in-2016 Chicago Maritime Museum tells the story of the city through its waterways. And no part of that maritime history has been more tragic than the July 1915 tale of the SS Eastland, a boat docked in the Chicago River, preparing to take 2,500 people on a Western Electric Company outing to Michigan City, Ind. It rolled over while still dockside. In the ensuing chaos, more than 800 people died. A prized museum artifact, displayed in a special case built at a cost of about $20,000, this early-20th-century diving suit was used in recovery efforts after the disaster.”

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