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The Sultana disaster is the worst maritime disaster in American history.

The Sultana Descendants’ Association keeps alive the memories of the men and women who were lost.

Contact and Join Us

The Sultana Descendants’ Association is always looking for new members: those whose ancestors were on the Sultana that fateful night or those who share a love of the Civil War and want to learn more about the story of the Sultana. Membership is free. Contact Norm Shaw, founder of the Association, at shawclan4@bellsouth.net for more information about the Association or the 2016 reunion.

You can send us an email or fill out the form below and we will send you more information about the reunion and the Association.

The Sultana Museum




We have compiled this list of resources about the Civil War and the Sultana Disaster. Some of the resources are online, while others are available only in bookstores or libraries.

www.civilwarprisoners.com — this website contains complete searchable databases of prisoners of both Andersonville and Cahaba prisons and all the passengers on the Sultana.

www.sultanaremembered.com — this website contains additional information about the Association and about the annual reunions.

Facebook — Yes, we are on Facebook! Like our page and follow our frequent updates with fascinating information about the Sultana, the men on board and the Civil War.


Wikipedia.org – Sultana

Ancestry.com Rootsweb – Death On The Dark River: The Story of the Sultana Disaster in 1865

fold3.com — Civil War and Sultana records

If you are interested in reading more about the Sultana Disaster, click here for a list of books.