Setting Sail For The First Time!

S.S. Destiel Heads To New World

Vincent Kripke plans to open his newest steamboat Destiel to the public for trips up and down the river. Starting with some of the lowest prices in the area, We cannot wait to send you farewell on your way to your destination!

Meet The Genius Behind The Boat!

John Fitch built four steamboats, but they were expensive to build and to operate. Because they were so expensive, his steamboats were unsuccessful. The first successful steamboat was the Clermont, which was built by American inventor Robert Fulton in 1807.

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?

Some Precautions And Risks

Not everything can be perfect, yes, including steamboats. Besides the obvious danger of sinking (like other boats) or exploding due to too much pressure, steamboats can be expensive to make. We are also in a head-to-head competition with railroads.

North Dakota Gets Involved

Steamboats were a very important way to travel in the Dakotas. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of pounds of freight across the border. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the United States and Canada that exists to this day in the I 29 corridor. Steamboats brought people across the river. More people means more business and that adds up to a population growth.

The Info Of The Contact

For questions and concerns you may have (We're sure you have some) you are advised to contact us.
The Steamboat - History Key Assignment - February 2014