The steam boat craze was touched off by Fulton , an ambitious painter engineer. He Installed a powerful steam engine into a vessel known as Clermont. The Clermont went from New York City up the Hudson river tword Albany. Went 150 miles in 32 hours.
Steamboat was amazing, defied wind, wave, tide, and downstream current. Fulton changed navegable streams into two way arteries, doubling carrying capacity.