The Sultana Disaster

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The Sultana Disaster

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:41 pm ... 180963008/
On this day in 1865, a steamboat carrying 2,300 recently released Union POWs, crew and civilians sank after several of its steam boilers exploded. An estimated 1,800 people died, of causes ranging from steam burns to drowning, making the explosion of the Sultana the deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history—worse than the Titanic. Although the disaster got little press in its own time and remains little-known today, the city of Marion, Arkansas has ensured it is not forgotten.

For a nation saturated by news of war and death, writes Stephen Ambrose for National Geographic, one more catastrophe just wasn’t that newsworthy. “April 1865 was a busy month,” Ambrose writes. Confederate troops under Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnson surrendered. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and his assassin caught and killed. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured, ending the Civil War.
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Re: The Sultana Disaster

Post by shemp » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:19 pm

It's an incredible story with a combination of greed, corruption, stupidity, communication errors and unfortunate weather. If Army officials had waited a few days for other boats to arrive, it never would have happened. Would make a good film, except they're probably put Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in it.
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