By: Jacob, Sara Kalaf, Thomas, and Andrew Branca
Why are steamboats so popular?
First Introductions to The Mississippi
The Golden Age of Steamboats
It was because of this new quicker mode of transportation that introduced new ideas and cultures to cities, such as New Orleans, along the Mississippi. The art of steamboat building also attracted a larger population of people to the city of the New Orleans that worked in factories that built these soon to be luxuries.
The Ending of the Steamboat Era
Another fact on this matter was that steamboats were proven to be much more dangerous than other, more modern forms of transportation. In the first forty years of large steamboat manufacturing, there were around 4,000 fatalities due to boiler explosions during the voyages of these ships. While efforts were made to improve the safety of these steamboats, they came too late to beat the new diesel tugboats, trains, and cars that had taken America by storm.
While, today, the steamboat is not considered a practical mode of transportation the technology for such ships has evolved immensely over the years. In certain nuclear powered steamboats, a nuclear reactor heats water to create steam to run the ship’s turbines. Genuine steamboats are mainly used today from charters up the Mississippi River, to four-course meals on the Savannah River. The 19th century decor in most steamboat excursions today draws maritime enthusiasts and history buffs alike due to its historic beauty that is so well replicated today. But in its essence, all of these ships are still Steamboats at heart, and they will never fade from the grand history of Mississippi culture.
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