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William Henry Van Schaick

  • Birth 7 Dec 1837 Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
  • Death 8 Dec 1927 Utica, Oneida County, New York, USA
  • Burial Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 13144

Folk Figure. As the captain of a New York-based steamboat, "the General Slocum," Captain Van Schaick was tried and convicted for being responsible for the fire that destroyed the ship and killing more than 1,000 of it's passengers, on June 15, 1904. He only served 3 1/2 years in Sing Sing Prison until he was paroled and eventually pardoned by President Taft on December 19, 1912. Although vindicated of all charges, he was chastised for the disaster for the remainder of his life. In 1927, he was interred in an unmarked grave. The grave was marked many years later.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13144
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Van Schaick (7 Dec 1837–8 Dec 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13144, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .