steamboat

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Robert Fulton's Clermont

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steam+boat

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steamboat (plural steamboats)

  1. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
    1870 By and by the steamboat intruded. Then for fifteen or twenty years, these men continued to run their keelboats down-stream, and the steamers did all of the upstream business, the keelboatmen selling their boats in New Orleans, and returning home as deck passengers in the steamers. — Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Chapter 3.

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