Grace Gade

Grace Gade

Death 15 Jun 1904 (aged 15–16)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Private Graves, Bronx
Memorial ID 76248997 · View Source
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Grace Gade, 16, was traveling to Locust Island for a picnic held by her local church, St. Mark's Evangelical Church.

The ship she was on, the General Slocum caught fire shortly after departing. Thousands of people on shore watched in horror as their friends and family members were stuck on a burning ship.
Old cork lifebelts hindered the attempts to save lives, as the lifebelts broke apart in the hands of anyone who tired to use them.
Nearly boats were launched to try and pull as many people off the burning ship before she sank and many of those watching on shore, dived in to help.

Swimming was not a common practice in 1904, and many of the victims were children. Several of the people who had dived in to help have been credited for their heroic efforts which had saved a great deal of people.

Grace Gade was among over a thousand people who perished that day.

She left behind her mother Margaret, older brother, Henry and younger brother, George. Grace's father had predeceased her.

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  • Created by: GenealogyBuff
  • Added: 9 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 76248997
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Grace Gade (Jun 1888–15 Jun 1904), Find a Grave Memorial no. 76248997, ; Maintained by GenealogyBuff (contributor 47362226) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Private Graves, Bronx.