Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011

Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011

by Rita T. Kohn
     
 

Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011 celebrates the epic voyage of the steamboat New Orleans, which departed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 1811. Onboard were Captain Nicholas Roosevelt, his crew, and his family. The New Orleans steamed to Louisville, Kentucky, and then back up to Cincinnati, Ohio

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Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011 celebrates the epic voyage of the steamboat New Orleans, which departed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 1811. Onboard were Captain Nicholas Roosevelt, his crew, and his family. The New Orleans steamed to Louisville, Kentucky, and then back up to Cincinnati, Ohio, astounding the passengers it had taken onboard—for it was the first steamboat capable of traveling upriver as well as down. After waiting a month to safely cross the treacherous Falls of the Ohio, the New Orleans journeyed to Cairo, Illinois, and down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana. The voyage was marked with portentous events; the Great Comet streaked overhead, and the New Madrid Earthquake erupted all along the Mississippi River. The New Orleans's voyage ushered in commerce, hastened immigration, and engendered town building within the Ohio-Mississippi River basin, transforming it from a raw frontier to an economic and social powerhouse. Meanwhile, engineers modified steamboats, creating packet boats to carry passengers and towboats to haul cargo. "Floating palaces" brought together different musical and theatrical traditions from across the country. Steamboats were celebrated in songs, plays, and books, creating a culture that was quintessentially American.

Full Steam Ahead is a book of essays on the development of steamboats, Ohio River cities, and river transportation. Written for the general reader by individuals who have been engaged in a variety of river occupations, it is part of a larger project to explore ways the voyage of the New Orleans impacted the United States economy, technology, and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871952936
Publisher:
Indiana Historical Society
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,231,716
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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