Today’s episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame highlights the life and career of inventor John Fitch. Twenty years before Robert Fulton built his first successful steamboat, inventor John Fitch debuted the first vessel in the United States to use a steam engine to power a boat. It was a revolutionary moment that changed America forever. The beginning of mechanized travel! The incredible development of having a machine move people and cargo both downstream and upstream.
I have an entire audiobook entitled “The Early Days of Steamboating” that tells John Fitch’s amazing story and the impact of his invention on the western expansion of the United States. For more info, CLICK HERE.