By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 17, 2021) – In Issue 2021-157 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we go “All Aboard” on a brand new kind of river boat.


Robert Fulton is credited with designing the first vessel to navigate water by means of steam propulsion.  On this day in 1807 his ship, the North River Steamboat (later renamed Clermont) began its 2-day journey from New York City to Albany.

With an average speed of almost 5 miles per hour, the trip to Albany took about 32 hours, then 30 hours for the return.

The steamboat began regular service from NYC to Albany in September of that year, operating weekly until it was retired in 1814.

The Steamboat Era had begun, and by 1840 Hudson River travelers had more than 100 boats to choose from for their voyage.

Here is a view of Albany by Magnus from 1860.

Albany, NY – 1860 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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