Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1993 - Travel - 684 pages
Definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development: its construction, equipment and operation; the organization and conduct of steamboat transportation as a business enterprise; the hazards and amenities of shipboard life; steamboat races on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; collisions, explosions and fires; the rise of competition; the ultimate decline, and much more.
 

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Contents

The Steamboat as an Economic Instrument
1
THE INTRODUCTION AND EXTENSION OF STEAM NAVIGATION IN THE WEST
3
THE STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE WESTERN STEAMBOAT
61
THE MECHANICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE WESTERN STEAMBOAT
121
THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE RIVERS
181
THE TECHNIQUES OF STEAMBOAT OPERATION
216
STEAMBOAT ACCIDENTS
271
The Steamboat as a Business Institution
305
CABIN PASSAGE
390
DECK PASSAGE
419
STEAMBOAT LABOR
442
Peak and Decline
479
THE CRITICAL DECADE
481
THE MOVEMENT FOR STEAMBOAT REGULATION
520
WAR AND POSTWAR YEARS
547
THE TRIUMPH OF THE HAILROADS
585

THE ORGANIZATION OF STEAMBOAT TRANSPORTATION
307
LEDGERS AND BALANCES
357
YEARS OF ADJUSTMENT
606
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