Steamboats are cool

How Steamboats First Started

The era of the steamboat started in 1787 when John Fitch made the first successful trial of a 45 foot steamboat on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787. Fitch later on built a larger vessel that carried passengers between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. John Fitch was granted his first United States patent for a steamboat on August 26, 1791. However, he was granted patent only after a battle with James Rumsey over claims to the same inventions.

How was the invention helpful?

Steamboat travel is the finest type of transportation. Sturdy packets ply the waters of the nation's major rivers. Amazing technical advances have made possible the best in travel luxury. No other form of travel is so economical. Yet some people are now accept­ing the new unnatural form of travel. This guide provides the reader with important reasons to avoid the fiendish railroad cars. The misguided fail to understand how the railroad is against God's Holy Law and Nature. But if the public is well‑informed, the railroad will soon disappear like other passing fads. Also, they moved goods faster.


-I believe my ardour for invention springs from his loins. I can't say that the brassiere will ever take as great a place in history as the steamboat, but I did invent it. -Caresse Crosby

-A man may build a complicated piece of mechanism, or pilot a steamboat, but not more than five out of ten know how the apple got into the dumpling. -Edward A. Boyden