Excerpt from A History of Travel in America, Vol. 2: Showing the Development of Travel and Transportation From the Crude Methods of the Canoe and the Dog-Sled to the Highly Organized Railway Systems of the Present
At least sixteen steamboats had been built in America before t... he launching of the Clermont, fifteen of which had previously been Operated under their own power by the eight different men who had designed them. Nor were Americans first in the field. A list in chronological order of some of the early experiments follows.
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