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LOS ANGELES -- Several Hollywood big hitters are working to put together a documentary about the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.

The Sultana was a steamboat that was overloaded and exploded just north of Memphis, in the early morning hours of April 27, 1865.

More than 1,800 died as they were heading home from war.

The majority of the people on the Sultana were recently released Union soldier POW’s.

The Sultana was only designed to carry 367 passengers though there were 2,300 on board.

These days most people are not aware of the Sultana and the terrible death toll, which is why the documentary is in the works.

A Kickstarter effort is underway to fund the project, "The Sultana disaster is tragic because it was covered up and, ultimately, forgotten. Greed, drama, and humanity make the Sultana a story to remember. Please help us remember the Sultana and raise this story from the depths of the Mississippi and into the hearts of people everywhere."

Among those behind the project is actor Sean Astin, best known for roles in Goonies and the Lord of the Rings films.

The goal is to raise $75,000 by Thursday.

Learn more HERE