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Fragments of wood (2) from the keel of the "Clermont"

Object Number: 
1951.415ab
Date: 
1807
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 1/8 × 11 7/8 × 3 1/4 in. (0.3 × 30.2 × 8.3 cm) Overall (b): 1/8 × 11 7/8 × 2 3/4 in. (0.3 × 30.2 ×
Marks: 
ink inscription: on top of (a): "Cut from Keel of the Clermont, Robert Fulton's/First Steamboat 1807"
Description: 
Two fragments of wood from the keel of the steamboat "Clermont"; inscription on fragment (a).
Gallery Label: 
This fragment from Robert Fulton's first steamboat "Clermont" was sawn from the ship's keel by carpenter Henry Weeks. A letter from J.G. Van Slyke to Mr. Eben E. Olcott (father of the donor) in 1906 testifies to the authenticity of the relic. The "Clermont," built in New York City in 1807, was the first commercially successful steamboat in America.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group