Ship Name

Clermont

Type

sidepaddle steamboat

Origins/Provenance

New York- built

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Year Launched

1807

Home Waters

Hudson River

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

79

Length (feet)

133

Beam (feet)

18

Draft (feet)

9

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

vertical steam; sidewheels

Hull

wood

Top Speed (knots)

5

Historical Note

Also known as North River Steam Boat. Early steamboat designed by Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston; trials in Hudson in August 1807; 150 miles from NYC to Albany in 32 hours; later accommodated 140 passengers.First commercially successful steam-driven vessel.

Related Images

external image boat0_clermont_0000.jpg
Image Id: 736

Related People

Fulton, Robert Livingston, Robert R.

Related Events

1808 - First paddlewheel steamboat out from Delaware River into Atlantic,

Related Water

Hudson River

Related Source

Steamboats Come True: American Inventors in Action

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