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In the 1700s people began producing products in a brand new way This was thanks to the amazing inventions that people made During this period growth in the cities begane to grow The factories sprouted up everywhere People used to work on the farms but it became hard to compete with big farms so some people moved to the cities to work in the factories This great time is known as the Industrial Revolution Steamboat steam-driven vessel in common use during the 19th and early 20th centuries to carry passengers and goods across bodies of water see Boats and Boatbuilding Steamboats are also called paddle-wheel boats The term steamship usually refers to larger ocean-going propeller-driven vessels such as the cruise ships of the mid-20th century see Ships and Shipbuilding In the early 1700s French and inventor Denis Papin experimented with ideas for steam-driven boats However it was not until after engineer James Watt made a number of improvements to the steam during the last third of the 18th century that the first functional steamboats appeared Early models of steamboats include the steam-driven paddle-wheel boat built by French nobleman Marquis Claude de Jouffroy dAbbans and tested on the Satne River in 1783 American inventor John Fitch built and tested the working steamboat in the United States in 1786 In 1790 launched the first regular and freight service from Philadelphia to New Jersey His venture failed and passed before the public fully supported steamboat transport About 1800 Scottish inventor Symington built the Charlotte Dundas which worked as a tug American and inventor Robert Fulton designed the first successful steamboat in the United States the Clermont In 1807 traveled in it from New York City to Albany a distance of 150 miles in a running time of 30 hours he made stops along the way This was a major improvement over the tow barges and sailing vessels that had been the means of upstream transport until then
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