Roy Morris Photographs of the SS Morro Castle
Internal collection, SC-0026
Collection DescriptionThis collection consists of nine photographs of the SS Morro Castle taken from a pier in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The images depict the vessel after it caught fire on its route from Havana to New York and was stranded on a sand bar near the Jersey shore (137 people died in the disaster). Eight of the photos were taken on September 9th, 1934, right after the disaster took place. The ninth was taken in January 1935 and shows the vessel from a snow covered beach (it was not removed until March 1935). Some images depict the ship alone and others show a large crowd of onlookers. A few of the photographs contain handwritten captions on the back.