At a Glance
In the early 19th century the first steamboats appeared on America’s rivers and they’ve been a beloved fixture of the American mythos ever since. On an evocative steamboat voyage along the Ohio River, relive the heyday of the steamboat as you call at ports whose histories are inextricably intertwined with this iconic American mode of travel. Survey the different types of steamboats and sternwheelers to emerge during this “golden age” and the many useful functions they served. Learn from an onboard historian what made these vessels so popular in their time, how changing circumstances led to their eventual decline and why today they remain a dear relic of classic Americana.