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Mid-May 2022 | Newsletter



The Grand Opening Reception for The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Exhibit:

"Rising to the Surface, A Summoning

of Savannah's Titanic."

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DETAILS Friday, June 17, 2022, @ 6:00-8:00 pm ET Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Savannah, GA Tickets to the event are $25 and can be ordered in advance via Eventbrite. After the lecture, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition. A cash bar will be available. Your ticket will have a passenger’s name as you travel through the night’s events and discover your fate.



Dear Readers and Friends,

Join me in Savannah Georgia at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for a grand opening reception. The head of Endurance Exploration, Micah Eldred will talk about how they found the shipwreck, the S. S. Pulaski, and what treasure and artifacts have been discovered at the bottom of the ocean after almost 200 years. I will talk about the real family who inspired Surviving Savannah, and we’ll see the artifacts of those passengers.




About this Event

RISING TO THE SURFACE: A SUMMONING OF SAVANNAH'S TITANIC New York Times Best-Selling Author Patti Callahan Joins Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Hunter Micah Eldred to Launch New Exhibition One of the greatest disasters known to Savannah and Charleston was nearly forgotten. The explosion of the Steamship Pulaski during the night of June 14, 1838 killed wealthy businessmen and families from Savannah and Charleston, enslaved individuals, seamen, and a former U.S. Congressman. Now the story is being told at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in a new exhibition, Rising to the Surface: A Summoning of Savannah’s Titanic. The display is curated by museum curator and interim executive director of Ships of the Sea, Wendy Melton, and is bolstered by contributions from New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan and shipwreck hunter Micah Eldred, who found the wreckage of the Pulaski in 2018. Rising to the Surface opens at Ships of the Sea Friday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m., with one of America’s most captivating storytellers —Patti Callahan – examining what we know and can imagine about that fateful night. Joining Patti is Micah Eldred, who reveals the real-life story of solving one of our country’s most durable maritime mysteries.


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New Podcast Series

The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah with Author Patti Callahan and guests.

Join New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan for an in-depth exploration into the fascinating stories explored in her novel, Surviving Savannah. You’ll hear interviews with some of the foremost experts on the myth and lore of Savannah, shipwreck treasure hunting, the hidden stories in museums, and the astounding real-life family story that inspired the novel.

EPISODE 1 Patti Callahan talks to Micah Eldred, CEO of Endurance Exploration, about shipwreck hunting and how this changes the stories we thought we knew. EPISODE 2 Patti Callahan talks to Micah Eldred, CEO of Endurance Exploration, about finding the remains of The Titanic of the South at the bottom of the sea. EPISODE 3 Patti Callahan talks to historian Jim Jordan about his astounding discovery of the Savannah Lamar’s family papers. EPISODE 4 Patti Callahan talks to historian Erik Colonius about his extraordinary novel The Wanderer, which regales the true story of Charlie Lamar’s future after surviving the wreck of the Steamship Pulaski. EPISODE 5 Patti Callahan talks with curator and museum director of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Wendy Melton, about maritime history and the lost story of the Steamship Pulaski’s wreck. EPISODE 6 Patti Callahan talks with curator and historian Shannon Browning-Mullis about the truth and mythology of Savannah, Georgia. View Podcast Series

For more, visit patticallahanhenry.com and follow her on social @pattichenry on Instagram, @pcalhenry on Twitter, and AuthorPattiCallahanHenry on Facebook.

About Surviving Savannah

SUMMARY It was called "The Titanic of the South." The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah's elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten--until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis. When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she's shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can't resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.

Everly's research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah's society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.

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Read an Excerpt Book Club Kit Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Berkley Pub Date: April 5, 2022 ISBN-10: 1984803751 ISBN-13: 978-1984803757 Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, e-book, Audiobook

Check out the wealth of information and resources for your next book club:

  • Letter from the Author

  • A Conversation with Patti

  • The Long Street Family Tree

  • Map of Ship's Course

  • Artifacts

  • Who Perished & Survived

  • Timeline

  • Loss of Pulaski

  • Discussion Questions

  • Recipe

Book Club Kit



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