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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur Marker
Inscription.

Steamboats debuted on the Kennebec in 1818. By 1823, the Kennebec Steam Navigation Company operated the Waterville between Bath and Augusta. A nationwide economic decline later forced them out of business, but the organization of the Kennebec & Boston Steam Navigation Company in 1835-36 revived service. Profitable Kennebec River trade brought several of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt's vessels to the area in 1838 to race the Huntress, the fastest Kennebec boat. (Vanderbilt lost!) Despite a slump following the Civil War, steamboats like the City of Augusta continued to play a vital role in commerce, transportation, and recreation on the Kennebec River corridor into the 20th century. The advent of automobiles and trucks in the 1930s brought the steamboat era to an end.

Les premiers bateaux à vapeur firent leur apparition sur le fleuve Kennebec en 1818. En 1823, la Kennebec Steam Navigation Company naviguait avec le Waterville entre Bath et Augusta. Un déclin national de l'économie les mena plus tard à la faillite, mais la création de la Kennebec & Boston Steam Navigation Company en 1835-36 rétablit le transport fluvial. La rentabilité du commerce sur le fleuve Kennebec amena de nombreux vaisseaux du Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt dans le région pour concourir contre

Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur Marker
Kennebec River in background
Huntress (la chasseresse), le navire le plus rapide du Kennebec. (Vanderbilt perdit !) Malgré la crise qui suivit la Guerre de Sécession, les bateaux à vapeur comme le City of Augusta continuèrent à jouer un rôle primordial dans le commerce, les transports et le tourisme le long du fleuve Kennebec jusqu'au vingtième siècle. L'arrivée de l'automobile et des camions dans les années 1930 mit fin à l'ère des bateaux à vapeur.

[Illustration caption reads]
Postcard, c. 1900
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 44° 18.874′ N, 69° 46.416′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Winthrop Street, on the right when traveling north on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Waterfront Park, next to the flagpoles, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square / La place du Marché (within shouting distance of this marker); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres (about 300 feet away); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kennebec Steamboat Company (1835-1901), Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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