The life preservers were filled with cork dust. In this case the items that were designed to save lives soaked up water and became deadly pieces of waterlogged material
This is a funeral of the unknown bodies from the disaster.
This fountain in Tompkins Square Park was dedicated in 1906 to the memory of all those who were lost in the great disaster. Today few people even know of its existence. However every year on the anniversary of the disaster a small memorial takes place.