SULTANA Mississippi steamer 1863

Built as a side-wheel steamer on John Litherbury Boatyard in Cincinnati for Capt. Pres Lodwick.
03 January 1863 launched as the SULTANA.
Tonnage 1,719 ton, dim. 260 x 42ft.
Two steam engines and four boilers.
Passengers 378, crew 85.
1863 In service.

She was used in the route between St Louis to New Orleans.
Later a consortium including Capt. James Cass Mason took the ownership of SULTANA over.
SULTANA was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat. On April 27, 1865, the boat exploded in the worst maritime disaster in United States history. She was designed with a capacity of only 376 passengers, but she was carrying 2,138 when three of the boat's four boilers exploded and she burned to the waterline and sank near Memphis, Tennessee, killing 1,169 passengers. This disaster was overshadowed in the press by other events surrounding the end of the American Civil War, most particularly the killing on the previous day of President Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth. The wooden steamboat was constructed in 1863 by the John Litherbury Boatyard in Cincinnati, intended for the lower Mississippi cotton trade. The steamer registered 1,719 tons and normally carried a crew of 85. For two years, she ran a regular route between St. Louis and New Orleans, frequently commissioned to carry troops.

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