This Day In Wrecks:
1934: The SS Morro Castle, a Ward Line cruise ship, catches fire while sailing to Havana from New York. The fire spreads quickly and affects many systems, including the steering, electricity and radio. 135 people out of the 549 aboard perish. The burning hull of the ship drifts ashore and beaches near Asbury Park, NJ, where she remains for several months and becomes a tourist attraction.