What is a steamboat and how is it better?

A steamboat is a boat that is powered by a propelling steam engine. This is efficient because it moves much faster than a boat that uses the wind or current to move. Steamboats provide faster transportation of goods or materials.

Information of Early Steamboats


The improved version of the steam engine, patented by James Watt, ushered the Industrial Revolution. The idea of using steam power to propel boats came to inventors very soon after the potential of James Watt's invention became known. This new power had sparked the minds of the young inventors.

The Importance of Steamboats to North Dakota

Steamboats brought people and business to North Dakota. Bismarck was an important transportation center at the Missouri River Port. During the time of the steamboats, freight was hauled to Bismarck, which was a major distribution point and travel center.
The Steamboat Warehouse Historic Marker is located on the east bank of the Missouri River in Bismarck, North Dakota. This marker commemorates the Northern Pacific Railroad warehouse, which was built to store goods waiting for their intermediate destination between other steamboats and freight trains.
The Steamboat - History Key Assignment - February 2014