Deaths Elsewhere

February 08, 2004

Adella Wotherspoon,

100, believed to be the last survivor of the deadly 1904 fire and sinking of the excursion ferry General Slocum on New York's East River, died Jan. 26.

She was just 6 months old when the excursion ferry caught fire as it took a group of German-American church members on an outing.

The disaster killed 1,021 of the 1,300 people aboard.

The General Slocum fire and sinking was the city's deadliest tragedy until Sept. 11, 2001, and one of the worst maritime disasters in American history.

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