Schell's Steamboats

Schell be commin' around the river bank near you

About Steamboats


~ John Fitch invented the steamboat in the early 1790's

~ Robert Fulton made the first successful trip

~ Used to transport people and items across water


~ Comfortable

~ Faster than most transportation, can travel up to 5 miles per hour

~ Can travel against the river current

~ Can travel in low water


~ Very dangerous

~ Can sink

~ Can have boiler fires and explosions


~ Robert Fulton, inaugurated the first commercial steamboat service in the world

~ John Fitch, made the first successful trial of a forty-five-foot steamboat on the Delaware river.

Example Steamboats

Steamboats in North Dakota

How it was important to North Dakota:

~ We could get goods up to North Dakota easier and cheaper

How it impacted North Dakota:

~ They could get goods here faster

~ Transport possessions