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New Jersey man rediscovers his grandfather’s home movies of the 1934 fire aboard the SS Morro Castle.

What he found, local historians say, is one of the longest known pieces of footage capturing the aftermath of the maritime disaster, among the worst in U.S. history.

“It was immediately obvious what I was looking at,” said Alsberg, 43, recounting the day three years ago he used a newly purchased projector from a surplus store to watch the 10-minute segment. “It was a jaw-dropping moment knowing I had this quasi-historical film.”