Morro Castle remembrance ceremony held at the Sea Grit Lighthouse
On September 8, 1934, the Morro Castle went up in flames on the Jersey Shore. A ceremony was held at the Sea Grit Lighthouse Wednesday to remember the 134 people who died in one of historys worst disasters at sea.
While the passenger liner fire occurred 70 years ago, some of the people who were on the Morro Castle remember it like it happened yesterday. One ship crewman recalls trying to evacuate passengers into the sea from the lowest deck because the lifeboats were on fire.
There were dozens of mementos on display including a scrapbook made in 1935 by the daughter of the Belmar Fishing Clubs president. This was the first time the scrapbook was removed from the club to commemorate the tragedy.
According to speakers at the ceremony, the ships crew saved 67 people that day. The ship washed ashore the following day in Asbury Park. No one knows how the fire started.