I’ve been working on an encyclopedia article about the wreck of the Morro Castle off Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was a spectacular scene and a popular attraction along the Jersey Shore for years. The disaster galvanized efforts to improve fire safety and professionalism in the merchant marine. Still interested? Besides the Wikipedia entry, I recommend reading Brian Hicks’s When the Dancing Stopped (2006) supplemented by Thomas Gallagher’s Fire at Sea (1959) and Thomas, Witts and Morgan’s Shipwreck: The Strange Fate of the Morro Castle (1972). Or click here to read an excellent article published on Map of Time, an excellent history blog. But first check out these videos, a type of source I usually don’t get to use. Fascinating.