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Old 01-01-2015, 10:40 AM
 
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Default Sidewheel vs Sternwheel

While doing docent work at the Howard Steamboat Museum, one question kept popping up and I didn't have a good answer. Before 1890 predominately packet boats were sidewheel, but starting then sideheelers decreased and sternwheelers took there place. After about 1900 very few sidewheelers were built. The question is why the change?
Even such ardent sidewheel lines like the Anchor Line built sternwheel cotton packets and the Leathers built a sternwheel NATCHEZ, the Lee Line went to sternwheel boats.
Any ideas why?
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