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The Sultana Disaster


Last updated 2/2/2016 at 7:22am

Explosion of the Steamer "Sultana", April 27, 1865, as published in Harper's Weekly, 20 May 1865.

In April of 1865, the steamboat Sultana, carrying more than two thousand passengers – mostly wounded Union soldiers returning home from southern prisons – sank after several of its boilers exploded. Learn more about the loss of the Sultana, which still retains the title of America's worst maritime disaster, when Sue Longshore, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, speaks at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, January 31st, 2 p.m. at the SLCHA at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

Visitors who own items with Civil War provenance are encouraged to bring them to the event for a "show and tell" session, after the discussion of the Sultana.

The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take home some Civil War history with books like Gallantry in the Field: Potsdam and the Civil War and New York's North Country in the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in The Gift Shop.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum's main entrance.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail Civil War Round Table programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Visit the SLCHA's website,, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.



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