Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS Sultana, On 27 April 1865 (Video)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In 1865, the United States experienced its most significant marine casualty in terms of lives lost. Sultana was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat that exploded on April 27, 1865 in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. An estimated 1,800 of her 2,427 passengers died when three of the boat’s four boilers exploded and she…

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Flashback in maritime history: M/V GRANDCAMP explosion and Texas City disaster, 16 April 1947

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 16 April 1947, in the port of Texas City, Texas, the freighter GRANDCAMP, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, small arms ammunition, machinery, and sisal twine, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the nearby freighter HIGH FLYER, loaded with ammonium nitrate and sulphur. When the two ships exploded, it largely flattened…

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Flashback in maritime history: Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision and 25 fatalities, 6 April 1969

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge.…

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