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Old 04-15-2011, 07:21 AM
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Default Mississippi River steamboat built in 1802

From the Fulton Illinois Journal June 22 1883:
In 1802 Oliver Evans agreed with James McKeever of Kentucky and Louis Valcourt to build a steamboat to ply between New Orleans and Natchez. The boat was constructed in Kentucky and the engine - high pressure - at Philadelphia, and both were sent to New Orleans, but ere the craft could be fitted it was destroyed by a hurricane, and the engine set to do useful though inglorious service sawing timber. This was five years before Fulton's successful Clermont ascended the Hudson.

The article then goes on to discuss the 1811 NEW ORLEANS in detail.
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