This transportation ClipArt gallery offers 100 illustrations of steam-powered ships, including many images of the original steam boat built by Robert Fulton.

USS <em>Oregon</em> (BB-3) was a pre-Dreadnought Indiana-class battleship of the United States Navy.

USS Oregon

USS Oregon (BB-3) was a pre-Dreadnought Indiana-class battleship of the United States Navy.

The U.S. Monitor <em>Passaic</em>

Passaic

The U.S. Monitor Passaic

An illustration of the pilot house on the Great Republic, a steam power river boat.

Pilot House

An illustration of the pilot house on the Great Republic, a steam power river boat.

Protected cruisers were a type of naval cruiser of the late 19th century, so known because their deck armour offered protection for vital machine spaces from shrapnel caused by exploding shells above.

A United States protected Cruiser at Sea

Protected cruisers were a type of naval cruiser of the late 19th century, so known because their deck…

An illustration of the Great Republic, a steam power river boat.

Riverboat

An illustration of the Great Republic, a steam power river boat.

The Savannah was the first steam vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1819.

The Savannah

The Savannah was the first steam vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1819.

The first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The Savannah

The first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

A picture of how the shafts in the Carmania are held in place. The shafts connect the engines to the propellers to make the ship run smoothly.

Engine Shaft

A picture of how the shafts in the Carmania are held in place. The shafts connect the engines to the…

A ship in the water.

Ship

A ship in the water.

A steam boat of the Austrian Lloyd shipping company.

Austrian Lloyd Ship

A steam boat of the Austrian Lloyd shipping company.

A ship used for lifting mud and silt from the bottom of rivers, harbors, and canals.

Dredging Ship

A ship used for lifting mud and silt from the bottom of rivers, harbors, and canals.

An illustration of a steam-powered ship (un vapor barco) with steam billowing out of its smoke shafts.

Steam-Powered Ship

An illustration of a steam-powered ship (un vapor barco) with steam billowing out of its smoke shafts.

"The American Line Steamship <em>St. Louis</em>, launched from the Cramps Docks, November 12, 1894."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

St. Louis

"The American Line Steamship St. Louis, launched from the Cramps Docks, November 12, 1894."—E.…

The <em>Star of the West</em> was a civilian ship hired by the United States government to transport military supplies and reinforcements to the garrison of Fort Sumter before the American Civil War.

The Star of the West

The Star of the West was a civilian ship hired by the United States government to transport…

Fulton's steamboat, the <em>Clermont.</em>

Steamboat

Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont.

Fitch's steamboat.

Steamboat

Fitch's steamboat.

A vessel propelled by the agency of steam, which agent acts either on a screw or on paddles. Inventors began to give attention to improvements in navigation as soon as machines were constructed to successfully employ steam as a propelling agency.

Steamboat

A vessel propelled by the agency of steam, which agent acts either on a screw or on paddles. Inventors…

Fitch's steamboat

Steamboat

Fitch's steamboat

Fulton's first steamboat

Steamboat

Fulton's first steamboat

A steamboat constructed by Robert Fulton, which made the passage from New York to Albany in thirty six hours.

Steamboat

A steamboat constructed by Robert Fulton, which made the passage from New York to Albany in thirty six…

An illustration of a steamboat docking in Natchez, Mississippi.

Steamboat

An illustration of a steamboat docking in Natchez, Mississippi.

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term especially belongs to steam river craft; ocean-going craft being called steamers, steamships, etc. The first steam-boat was built by Denis Papin, who navigated it down the Fulda as long ago as 1707. Unfortunately this pioneer craft was destroyed by jealous sailors, and even the very memory of it was lost for three-quarters of a century."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Steamboat of 1736

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term…

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term especially belongs to steam river craft; ocean-going craft being called steamers, steamships, etc."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

American River Steamboat

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term…

The first recorded steam powered ship in the United States built by John Fitch.

Fitch's Steamboat

The first recorded steam powered ship in the United States built by John Fitch.

Mississippi River Steamer

Steamer

Mississippi River Steamer

The transverse section of a steamship.

Steamship

The transverse section of a steamship.

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term especially belongs to steam river craft; ocean-going craft being called steamers, steamships, etc."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Modern Ocean Steamship

"A steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam acting either on paddles or on a screw. The term…

Robert Livingston Stevens applied the wave line, concave waterlines on a steamboat hull, in 1808.

Stevens's Ironclad Floating Battery

Robert Livingston Stevens applied the wave line, concave waterlines on a steamboat hull, in 1808.

An illustration of a tug boat in fog.

Tugboat in Fog

An illustration of a tug boat in fog.

The sheer plan of the U.S.S. Columbia.

U.S.S. Columbia

The sheer plan of the U.S.S. Columbia.

The sheer plan of the U.S.S. Iowa.

U.S.S. Iowa

The sheer plan of the U.S.S. Iowa.

The deck plan of the U.S.S. Iowa.

U.S.S. Iowa

The deck plan of the U.S.S. Iowa.

A battle-ship of the kearsarge type.

U.S.S. Kearsarge

A battle-ship of the kearsarge type.

The deck plan of the U.S.S. Kentucky.

U.S.S. Kentucky

The deck plan of the U.S.S. Kentucky.

USS Kearsarge (BB-5), the lead ship of her class of battleships, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named, by act of Congress, in honor of the famous American Civil War sloop-of-war Kearsarge.

U.S. Battle-ship Kearsarge

USS Kearsarge (BB-5), the lead ship of her class of battleships, was the first ship of the United States…

The second USS <em>Louisiana</em> was a propeller-driven iron hull steamer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.

The Louisiana

The second USS Louisiana was a propeller-driven iron hull steamer in the United States Navy…

USS <em>New Era</em> (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways.

The New Era

USS New Era (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.…

USS <em>Olympia</em> was a protected cruiser in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War.

United States Protected Cruiser USS Olympia

USS Olympia was a protected cruiser in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War.

"The <em>Vandalia</em>, the pioneer propeller on the lakes."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Vandalia

"The Vandalia, the pioneer propeller on the lakes."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

A war vessel in the dry dock, Mary Island Navy Yard, San Francisco.

War Vessel

A war vessel in the dry dock, Mary Island Navy Yard, San Francisco.