John Stevens Steamboat

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John Stevens Steamboat


John Stevens Steamboat was designed and built by Robert L. Stevens at Hoboken in 1844, an iron vessel 245 feet long, 31 foot beam, 65 foot over guards and 11 feet depth of hold. The engine was steeple type with vibrating crosshead, having cylinder 75 inches in diameter and 6 foot stroke. John Stevens was one of the first large iron steam boats built in the United States, and ran between Philadelphia and Bordentown in 1846, making better than 19 miles speed continuing until 1855 when it burned at White Hill, near Bordentown. The hull was built into a cattle transfer boat in 1865, serving the Pennsylvania Railroad in New York harbor for many years.


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"John Stevens Steamboat," in Stevens Digital Collections, Item #507, (accessed January 24, 2020).

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