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Ship model

Object Number: 
X.59
Date: 
ca. 1851
Medium: 
Wood, lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 40 x 15 1/2 in. ( 40.6 x 101.6 x 39.4 cm )
Description: 
Model steamboat with wooden frame lined with lead; model equipped with sheet metal boiler in forward section connected to wood and metal pump with crank shaft; crank shaft attached to side wheels on either side of craft; traces of white paint on sheet metal lining of exterior.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this model represents the steamboat designed by John Fitch in 1785. This steamboat, the first invented by Fitch, was successfully launched on the Delaware River in 1786. The steamboat operated near Davisville, Bucks County, Pa; it was a model made from a boat (ship's yawl) John Fitch ran on Collect Pond, New York City, 1797.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group