H.Res. 329: Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic accident of the steamboat ship SS Sultana

H.Res. 329

Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic accident of the steamboat ship SS Sultana

Date
April 27, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 329 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) on April 2, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 329 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Recognizes the 144-year anniversary of the tragic accident of the steamboat ship SS Sultana;

•  "Honors the memory of the soldiers and passengers who lost their lives in this disaster;

•  "Regrets the lack of military and civilian oversight that led to the explosion and tremendous loss of life; and

•  "Rededicates itself to honoring all our veterans and military families with the highest level of support in quality resources, equipment and services."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, on April 27, 1865, the steamboat ship SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River north of Memphis, Tennessee. The explosion is considered the worst maritime disaster in American history. Roughly 1,800 of the 2,400 passengers aboard lost their lives in the tragedy. 2,000 of these passengers were Union prisoners of war recently released from the Confederate Andersonville and Cahaba prison camps in Alabama. The explosion was presumed to have been caused by a defective boiler trying to overcome the current of the Mississippi River.