The Sultana Tragedy : America's Greatest Maritime Disaster
On April 27, 1865, the Sultana, a 260-foot, wooden steamboat, a boat that was much smaller than the Titanic, but carrying more passengers, exploded on the Mississippi near Memphis. More than 1,800 people died in the worst maritime disaster in US history. Most of the men were being transported home from Confederate POW camps, such as the infamous Andersonville. Because it happened right at the end of Civil War, and within days of President Lincoln's murder, it got little coverage in the newspapers and was soon forgotten. Jerry Potter's exhaustive research brings it all back to life in this riveting book. It's a story of greed, indifference, stupidity and a steam boiler gone berserk. If you would know the true fury of steam, this is a book you shouldn't miss.