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Steamboats on Long Island Sound by Norman J. Brouwer


After the war of 1812 the steamboat service industry really took off.  Steamboats took passengers and a variety of raw resources to Hartford, CT, from Rhode Island to New York, from Fall River to Bedford, MA - etc.  As new industries developed, steamboat companies grew and became competitive with each other.  As a result of all this growth, it is no surprise that steamboats were referred to as  "floating palaces".