Song Celebrating the SS Carolina

Many Puerto Ricans migrated to Brooklyn on the SS CAROLINA, from 1906 - the year the New York and Porto Rico Steamship Company purchased the vessel - to June 2, 1918, the date the ship was sunk by a German U-boat.

Fifteen of the 335 people on board were lost when the CAROLINA was torpedoed. Survivors held annual commemorative reunions, giving the ship a heightened cultural significance. Years later, the band leader Rafael Cortijo with singer Ismael Rivera recorded "Carolina," which celebrates the ship.

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Sources:

  • Song: Ismael Rivera con Cortijo y su Combo - Carolina Uploaded to youtube by Enrique Rodriguez Corro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klBU55wNm7g

    Background Information:
    Basilio Serrano, Puerto Rican Pioneers in Jazz, 1900–1939: Bomba Beats to Latin Jazz, iUniverse, 2015

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