Was it the Sultana

Don Tweed

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This may have been mentioned before, but here goes!
There was a stern wheeler(?) called the Sultana, I think, that was carrying troops back north after the civil war up the Mississippi when it foundered with a greater loss of life than Titanic.
The boat was overloaded thanks to the greed of the owners.
Am I correct on this? Was her name Sultana?
I would like to research this more but want my facts straight first!

Thanks for any input! - Don
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Yes, "Sultana" was correct Don. She exploded on the Mississippi near Memphis on 27th April 1865. Between 1500 and 1800 lives were lost.
I think she was a sidewheeler though.

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Don Tweed

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Thank you Jan and Geoff!!!
I find it an interesting story not unlike Titanic.
Great loss of life and wealth to be had.

Reguards, Don
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lisagay harrod

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Don,

I have a friend who retired from the Merchant Marines (an engineer) and became an inspector for the Hartford Boiler Insurance company which came into being as a direct result of the Sultana disaster.

What always resonated with me about the disaster was the fact that alot of those men had managed to survive Andersonville, only to lose their lives aboard the Sultana...fate can be a cruel mistress.

Cheers,
Lisa Harrod
 

Robert Hauser

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Hi All,

The Sultana disaster is probably not more well known on account of Lincoln's assasination and the capture of John Wilkes Booth, which tended to dominate the press coverage of the period. Not my original theory, but it sounds plausible. Rob H.