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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Steamboats on York River

 
 
Steamboats on York River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Steamboats on York River Marker
Inscription. In 1817, the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, or the “Old Bay Line,” began regular steamboat service between Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia. The company’s boats transported mail, crops, freight, and people along the length of the Chesapeake Bay. Smaller packets on the rivers connected to the larger craft. The local York River packets stopped in at Yorktown,as well as at Allmond’s Wharf, Cappahosic, and Clay Bank on the Gloucester side,when heading toward West Point, Virginia. The Bay-going steamboats transported travelers to hospitals and stores in the cities as well as on vacation excursions. A trip “on a party of pleasure to York-Town (Va.)” was offered in 1819 by the Old Bay Line.

In addition to sailing vessels, steamboats were the only means of reliable transportation until highways were paved in the twentieth century. The use of steamboats peaked around 1910 and declined as motor cars became more popular.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.222′ N, 76° 30.407′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Read Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Hot-Air Balloons (here, next to this marker); Yorktown's Stormy Past (within shouting distance of this marker); TransAmerica Bike Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Seat of the County of York (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Fire of 1814 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tobacco Inspection (about 400 feet away); Yorktown Waterfront (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Photo courtesy of Bonnie and Jerry Karwac, Jr.
Image courtesy of Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington, VA.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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