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   Big Sarge  Sunday May 8 12:38 AM

May 8,2011: Tom Lee Park



Tom Lee Park is in Memphis, TN. It commemorates the rescue of 32 people from a capsized steamboat. The monuments dedicated to the rescue are now awash in the flooded Mississippi River. The river claimed the steamboat and 23 lives in 1925. Has it returned to claim the rest?

The park is named after area resident Tom Lee (18851952). Late during the afternoon of May 8, 1925, Lee steered his 28 ft (8.5 m) skiff Zev upriver after delivering an official to Helena, Arkansas. Also on the river was a steamboat, the M.E. Norman, carrying members of the Engineers Club of Memphis, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and their families. One man rescues 32 livesTom Lee witnessed the M.E. Norman capsize in the swift current 15 mi (24 km) downriver from Memphis at Cow Island Bend. Although he could not swim, he rescued 32 people with five trips to shore. Lee acted quickly, calmly and with no regard for his own safety, continuing to search after night fell. Because of his efforts, only 23 people died.



Gravdigr  Sunday May 8 03:03 AM

More people rescued than died...that one goes in the plus column.



wolf  Sunday May 8 10:41 AM

Unusual but striking memorial, and a good story.

All Mary Ambler got was a town named after her ...



Griff  Sunday May 8 10:49 AM

It makes me think about all the descendents of all the people he saved. He changed history.



Sundae  Sunday May 8 12:00 PM

Excellent IoTD. Thanks Sarge.
Food for thought.



morethanpretty  Monday May 9 01:17 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff View Post
It makes me think about all the descendents of all the people he saved. He changed history.
So have you, by your mere existence. I'll tell you in the future whether thats good or bad.


Very interesting statue, I like the story behind it.


ZenGum  Monday May 9 04:08 AM

Didn't Tom Lee Park play centre-forward for South Korea in the soccer world cup?



Griff  Monday May 9 06:41 AM

I'm pretty sure his name was Park.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday May 14 09:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by morethanpretty View Post
So have you, by your mere existence. I'll tell you in the future whether thats good or bad.
Don't have to wait, in Griff's case, definitely good.


Griff  Saturday May 14 09:52 AM

Thanks!



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