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  • Sherri Teece

    SS Sultana was a Mississippi River steamboat paddlewheeler that exploded on April 27, 1865 in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. An estimated 1,600 of Sultana's 2,400 passengers were killed when three of the ship's four boilers exploded and Sultana sank near Memphis, Tennessee. This disaster was overshadowed in the press by other recent events. John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, was killed the day before.

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  • Tony Keeble

    In April of 1865 the Civil War had just ended.  On April 27 of that year, the greatest maritime disaster in United States history occurred.

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Sultana Disaster Memorial to the Sultana Disaster in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee. On 27 April 1865 the SS Sultana exploded just north of Memphis, Tennessee on the Mississippi River. Of the 2400 people onboard, 1700 died. Most of the passengers were newly freed Union POWs heading home. At 2am the boilers exploded.

Date: April 27, 1865 Location: In the Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee. Official death toll: 1,547 The SS Sultana was a Mississippi River steam-powered paddlewheeler that sank near Memphis, TN after 3 of her 4 boilers exploded. Believed to be the worst maritime disaster in US history, it got little attention at the time of its sinking, because the assassinations of President Abraham Lincoln and his own killer, John Wilkes Booth & the end of the Civil War had happened just days before.

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