Ships Through the Ages: Robert Fulton's "Clermont"

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Ships Through the Ages: Robert Fulton's "Clermont". In the year 1807, the "Clermont," named after the country home of a friend of Fulton's, proceeded from New York to Albany under its own steam, a distance of 130 miles in 30 hours. Fulton's "Clermont" was not the first steamboat. In 1785, John Fitch of South Windsor, Connecticut, completed a small steamboat, which made a successful trip on the Delaware River in 1787. He also built several larger steamships, one of which ran as a passenger boat between Philadelphia and Trenton in the summer of 1790. The United States Congress officially recognized Fitch in 1926 when it appropriated $15,000 to build a small memorial to him at Bardstown, Kentucky, where he died in 1798. Artist/Sponsor: King, Frederic Leonard, 1879-1947; Public Works of Art Project (U.S.). Date: 1934–1935. Sourced from Digital Commonwealth website.

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