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Steamboat
A steamboat or steamship, sometimes called a steamer, is a ship in which the primary method of propulsion is steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels...
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1807
8.17.1807
Robert Fulton's first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1809
2.11.1809
Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation
1811
10.1.1811
The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana.
1849
2.28.1849
Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS ''California'' in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
1854
1.5.1854
The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people.
1865
4.27.1865
The steamboat ''Sultana'', carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.
1962
5.25.1962
The Old Bay Line, the last overnight steamboat service in the United States, goes out of business.