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Steamboat
Steamboat
The idea of using steam power to propel boats occurred to inventors soon after the potential of Watt's new engine became known. The era of the steamboat began in America in 1787 when John Fitch (1743-1798) made the first successful trial of a forty-five-foot steamboat on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787, in the presence of members of the Constitutional Convention. An American Engineer, Robert Fulton is also credited with inventing the steamboat. Fulton's first boat, the Clermont, was tested on the Hudson River in 1807.

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