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The Explosion of the SS Sultana

COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
The Explosion of the SS Sultana
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH interactive presentation provides a brief outline on the design and conception of the SS Sultana and its unfortunate explosion.

The Sultana was a privately owned sidewheel steamboat built in Cincinnati, Ohio, in February 1863. A relatively large boat, the Sultana stood three decks tall and measured 260 feet long and approximately 70 feet wide – a little shorter than a football field and about half as wide. In mid-April 1865, Captain Mason set off downriver with the overcrowded Sultana after making the fastest trip upriver for any steamboat at that time.

This presentation introduces the explosion that occurred when the Sultana was about seven miles north of Memphis and when three of the four boilers suddenly exploded and ripped upward through its heart. The presentation further discusses the primary reasons that catered for the fatal effects of the Sultana’s boilers explosion, including the careening effect, low water levels, and the faulty repair made earlier. Finally, this presentation describes the lessons learnt following the disaster and the ongoing legacy of the SS Sultana.

This 1 PDH online interactive presentation is applicable to ship engineers, directors, and builders who are interested in gaining a better overview of the SS Sultana.

Learning Objectives

This continuing education interactive presentation is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the SS Sultana and its explosion
  • Identifying the theories behind its explosion
  • Learning about aftermath of the SS Sultana explosion
  • Learning about the lessons learnt from the explosion and its remaining legacy to date
Course Document
For this course, you will need to go through the interactive presentation "The Explosion of the SS Sultana". To access the presentation, you will need to log in or register and purchase the course. Following the course purchase, please click on the link provided in your account to view the presentation. The duration of this presentation is approximately 48 minutes.
This particular course document is accessible only after purchase.

Course Quiz
Once you finish watching the PDH interactive presentation, you will be redirected to your account to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this interactive presentation
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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