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Sultana: Greatest Maritime Tragedy in United States History: A Nation's Best Kept Secret

Author(s): Lindsay S Scott

Year: 2015

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The disaster of Sultana has been recognized as the greatest maritime tragedy in United States history.  The wreck has little notoriety, despite its significance, due to historical overshadowing and a terminal resting place in the landlocked state of Arkansas.  Efforts for salvage were immediate, but archaeological undertakings have been cautious and sporadic.  An unwelcoming landscape and lack of interest and funding have consorted so that as we approach the sesquicentennial anniversary of Sultana's sinking, little has yet to be done in the way of recognizing the event.  A team of historians, lawyers, city officials, celebrities, and academics have taken it upon themselcves to combat the Mighty, muddy Mississippi, a possibly taboo excavation, and a crippling anonymity in hopes to finally afford this disaster the prestigious recognition it deserves, both in a historical and maritime setting.

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Sultana: Greatest Maritime Tragedy in United States History: A Nation's Best Kept Secret. Lindsay S Scott. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433834)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 494

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America