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Graw Caudel ambroid at
Sat Mar 27 11:04:16 UTC 2010

Rebuffs--the lot of every inventor--he at
length secured from the State of New Jersey the right to navigate its
waters for a term of years. With this a stock company was formed and
the first boat built and rebuilt. At first
it was propelled by a single paddle at the stem; then by a series of
paddles attached to an endless
chain on each side of
the boat; afterwards by paddle-wheels, and finally by upright oars at
the side. The first test made on the Delaware River in August,
1787--twenty years
before Fulton--in the presence of many distinguished citizens, some of
them members of the Federal
Convention, which had

adjourned for the purpose, was completely successful. The boiler burst
before the afternoon was over, but not
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