Setting Sail For The First Time!
S.S. Destiel Heads To New World
A Little History To Enlighten You On The Subject
In 1769, the Scotsman James Watt patented an improved version of the steam engine that ushered in the Industrial Revolution. The idea of using steam power to propel boats occurred to inventors soon after the potential of Watt's new engine became known.The era of the steamboat began in America in 1787 when John Fitch (1743-1798) made the first successful trial of a forty-five-foot steamboat on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787. Fitch later built a larger vessel that carried passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. John Fitch constructed four different steamboats between 1785 and 1796 that successfully plied rivers and lakes and demonstrated, in part, the feasibility of using steam for water locomotion. While his boats were mechanically successful, Fitch failed to pay sufficient attention to construction and operating costs and was unable to justify the economic benefits of steam navigation. Robert Fulton (1765-1815) built his first boat after Fitch's death, and it was Fulton who became known as the "father of steam navigation." The American inventor successfully built and operated a submarine before turning to steamboats. Robert Fulton was credited with turning the steamboat into a commercial success. On August 7, 1807, Robert Fulton's Clermont went from New York City to Albany making history with a 150-mile trip taking 32 hours at an average speed of about 5 miles-per-hour.
Why Use This Marvelous Way Of Transportation?
The Need For Speed
Not only can they travel up and down stream, they are also faster than your traditional flatboats. At an impressive pace of five miles per hour, trade on the river was revolutionized.
Luxourious And Stylish
These American beauties caught the imagination of citizens and their luxury and comfort sold the deal. This revolutionized river travel forever.
While there are the unavoidable risks, travel by steamboat is immensely safer than travel on flatboat or wagon train. You would have a more likely chance to survive traveling in this manner.