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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Sultana's Last Voyage

 
 
The Sultana's Last Voyage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. The Sultana's Last Voyage Marker
Inscription. The Sultana, a side-wheel steamboat built in Cincinnati in 1863, was 260' long and was designed to carry only 376 people along with its cargo. On April 24, 1865, the Sultana docked in Vicksburg to pick up Union soldiers recently released from Confederate prisons. The Federal Government paid steamboat lines $5 per soldier for the trip to Cairo, Illinois. Prior to its arrival in Vicksburg, it was discovered that one of the four boilers was leaking. Instead of taking the time to replace the boiler, and perhaps lose the commission to ferry the men, a metal patch was placed over the bulge in the boiler. The time that it took to make repairs allowed for more soldiers to crowd onto the decks of the boat until it overflowed with more than 2,300 souls. The Sultana made several stops along its northward journey up the Mississippi. When it was 7 miles north of Memphis in the early morning hours of April 27, three of the four boilers exploded. Over 1,700 people were killed in the explosion, the fire that followed, and in the swift flood waters of the Mississippi. This accident is said to be the worst maritime disaster in American history.

Sponsored by The J. Mack Gamble Fund of The Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, The Friends and Descendants of the Sultana
 
Erected 2005 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.049′ N, 90° 53.04′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the left when traveling north
The Sultana's Last Voyage Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. The Sultana's Last Voyage Mural
. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sisters of Mercy (here, next to this marker); "The War Between the States" (here, next to this marker); "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (a few steps from this marker); The Selection of a President (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola (a few steps from this marker); Early Exploration - Fort Nogales (a few steps from this marker); The Steamer Sultana (a few steps from this marker); C.S.S. Arkansas (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Sultana. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. DisastersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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