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Old 04-06-2011, 05:52 AM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: St. Paul, MN - Near the Mighty Mississippi
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Default Sultana

April 27, 2011 marks the 146th anniversary of the Sultana Disaster about 2 miles north of Memphis upbound from New Orleans. It laid up at Vicksburg for a couple of days for boiler repair before taking on passengers and departing for St. Louis. Does anybody happen to know anything about the shipyard that did the initial repairs in 1865?

One of my great-great uncles was aboard the vessel and was lucky to have been able to grab a piece of wood and drift to the shore. He was just unlucky to have been on that vessel.

April 27th is not a good day for steamboats in my family. A grandfather on a different line is believed to have perished in the Julia Dean collision with the Rainbow near Slim Island in the Ohio River (near Mt. Vernon, Ind.) on that same date in 1857 - eight years before the Sultana.

I will not be on the river on April 27th.
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