|"Wreck of the Walk-In-The-Water," John Lee Douglas Mathies, 1821.|
Dear Jeff Johnson,
A classic study in this field is Louis C. Hunter: Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1949.
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.
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.
[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.