SS Morro Castle

SS Morro Castle

On September 8, 1934, the cruise ship ss Morro Castle was returning from Havana, Cuba, with 549 passengers when a fire broke out, destroying the ship, and killing 134 people. Sidney and Irving Davis, Alan's father and uncle, were stewards aboard the ship. They managed to get to lifeboats and row ashore. To make matters worse, the captain was found dead mysteriously, and origins of the fire were never determined. Because of the tragedy, Congress passed various maritime laws designed to prevent future disasters.

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