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Fragments of wood from the keel of the "Clermont"

Object Number: 
a: 1/8 x 11 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.
One of a group of 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 keel of the ship by carpenter Henry Weeks. A 1906 letter from J.G. Van Slyke to Mr. Eben E. Olcott (father of the donor) testifies to the genuineness of the relic (see object file 1951.415ab). 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