One block to the east of where the Eastland was docked, crowds gathered along the Dearborn Street Bridge. The tender of this bridge, Laurence Frank Northrup, was standing by, ready to open the bridge for the Eastland. When he saw the ship topple over, he jumped into a nearby life boat and hurried to the scene. He helped haul people into the life boat, one and two at a time. At least 23 people – men, women, and children – owed their lives to Northrup’s presence of mind and quick action. Full story
...there was danger of his boat being swamped...
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