Seeking sources/expertise on mind-19th century steam vessels


I'm seeking information on small steamships in the mid-19th century to help me make sense of my sources who refer to the difficulty encountered with one at a crucial scene in my work.

Specifically this is a small river steamer something like 35 feet long brought to Alaska in 1865 from, apparently, New York. The sources refer to a type of engine newly patented. 

I hadn't intended for the boat to figure so prominently in the story, but you just never know about these things. So I'd appreciate any insight or source suggestions.


Jeff Johnson

Member Publication: Steamboats on the Indus: The Limits of Western Technological Superiority in South Asia

As H-ASIA is far and away the best method of contacting other scholars in the field, I would like to announce the publication of my latest book, Steamboats on the Indus:  The Limits of Western Technological Superiority in South Asia, by Oxford University Press (India).   PP. xviii+297, 59 illustrations, 29 maps, tables and figures, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-809219-3 and ISBN-10: 0-19-809219-9.


Today in New Jersey History - August 22



[A fascinating group of TINJH postings, provided by author Joe Bilby]

August 22. 1787: John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River.

August 22, 1879: Reverend William B. Wood and Reverend S. Wesley Lake, Methodist ministers, attended a religious service in Ocean Grove. The experience inspired them to found a Christian family beach resort community that prohibited the use of alcohol in Cape May County. The result was the town of Ocean City.

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