Fitch's Steamboat.

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00931
Title: Fitch's Steamboat.
Additional Title: On the Delaware River, opposite Philadelphia.
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection


Depicts John Fitch's 1786 steamboat passing Windmill Island on the Delaware River, with the Philadelphia waterfront beyond. Shows Fitch's original design for his steamboat, which utilised a bank of oars on either side of the vessel. Before his death in 1798, he built four mechanically succesful steamboats. The first in the United States, they proved financial failures. Aso shows a variety of watercraft on the river, including  ships at anchor on the Philadelphia side. Although mechanically successful, Fitch's steamboats were financial failures, leaving Robert Fulton to finally succeed with the idea.

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.10
Creator Name: Rosenthal, L. N. (Louis N.) - Lithographer
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler