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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2023 7:39 p.m. PST

"During the 19th century, hundreds of steamboats traversed America's waterways, carrying passengers faster and more luxuriously than ever before.

"The steamboat was the first American invention of world-shaking importance," wrote historian James Thomas Flexner in 1944. In fact, he added, it "was one of those crucial inventions that change the whole cultural climate of the human race."…"


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BillyNM13 Nov 2023 10:44 p.m. PST

Was it an American invention?

Eclectic Wave14 Nov 2023 6:24 a.m. PST

Let's see, a race, in which civilian passengers would ride the vehicles racing, that if the steam boiler blew (a not uncommon occurrence) all the passengers would get burnt/drowned/scalded! Sounds like a American invention.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 1:33 p.m. PST

Hey, Eclectic Wave, smile when you say that!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2023 2:57 p.m. PST



Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2023 9:42 a.m. PST

The steam engine was invented in England (interestingly, initially for pumping out flooded mines) but the steam boat was most certainly invented in the US by Robert Fulton

Buck21515 Nov 2023 6:04 p.m. PST

I remember seeing the race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez performed on "Captain Kangaroo" when I was a young kid.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Nov 2023 4:22 a.m. PST

Some time back maybe 20 years ago I scratchbuilt some 1/600 steamboats for a friend who used them for steamboat race games at one of the bigger conventions. I had pictures once but they are long gone sadly.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2023 2:09 p.m. PST



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