Try to imagine having survived Andersonville as a Union prisoner during the Civil War, only to end up on The Sultana for your joyous ride up the Mississippi River toward home. You and over 2000 other passengers would be packed onto a steamer designed for a capacity of 400. One of the ship's four boilers was in need of serious repair, but the captain would make a fortune if he could pull off one last trip up the river... $5 per head was a lot of money in 1865... So he ordered a makeshift patch job on the leaky boiler, and set sail.
When the boiler exploded at 2:00 AM just north of Memphis, passengers and crew were thrown overboard into the flood swollen river. Many of the men were so emaciated from their horrible imprisonment that they were unable to swim to shore. Estimates of the death toll range from 1,700 to 1,800 men, hundreds more than died during the sinking of the Titanic.
And yet, America's worst maritime disaster is relatively unknown to most of us.
Maybe if they made a movie, and had Leonardo and Kate stand on the prow of the ship as she went down...