Steamboats 1811-29


NEW ORLEANS Built: 1811, Pittsburgh, Ohio. Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull. Size: 116 ft long, 20 ft beam, 371 tons Engine: Cylinder 34 inch diameter Cost: $38,000 The beginning of steamboating on the Western rivers dates to 1811 when Nicholas Roosevelt, great granduncle of Theodore Roosevelt, piloted a Fulton built steamboat, the NEW ORLEANS from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. … Read more