Smoky Mountain Historical Society
 
Sultana Disaster
 
This was a whole plate tintype enlargement taken 4/26/1865 a day before the disaster.
 
 
 
 
 
Designed to carry 376 passengers
but was carrying 2137 plus crew. when three of her 4 of her boilers exploded and the boat burned to the waterline just a day after Lincoln was assassinated. On 4/27/1865a about 2:00 in the morning after a stop in Memphisdisastor struck. The official death count was 1547 and 969 survivors.
The Sultana Disaster Museum
 
April 27, 1865 The Sultana Disaster