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Old 02-18-2010, 09:42 AM
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Default Will We Ever Know For Sure?

What was the name of the first steamboat on Western Rivers, the Fulton, Livingston, Roosevelt boat? Was it ORLEANS or NEW ORLEANS. In the booK "WHO'S WHO ON THE OHIO RIVER" there is a whole chapter devoted to this subject. The author quoted newspaper articles and announcements published at the time and about half of them said the boat was named ORLEANS and the other half refered to the boat as the NEW ORLEANS.
Then there is the question...sternwheel or sidewheel? Some articles stated the boat was definetly a sternwheeler.
Will we ever know for sure?
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