Steamboats on York River

Steamboats on York River (HM17WC)

Location: Yorktown, VA 23690 York County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 14.222', W 76° 30.407'

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In 1817, the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, orthe "Old Bay Line," began regular steamboat servicebetween 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.
HM NumberHM17WC
Year Placed2010
Placed ByYork County
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 2:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366345 N 4122231
Decimal Degrees37.23703333, -76.50678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.222', W 76° 30.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 13.32" N, 76° 30' 24.42" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 548-584 Water St, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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