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Milestones in Transportation

On (and Under) the Water

Most people think Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. But in fact, John Fitch, an American, built and operated a steamboat on the Delaware River in 1787, but his passenger business failed. Fulton's steamboat, the North River, later known as the Clermont after its port town, was financially successful in 1807 and became famous.

Viking ship
Library of Congress

6000 B.C.
Reed boats are made in Egypt.
Sailing ships are made in Mesopotamia.
Oar-powered ships sail Eastern Mediterranean seas.
A.D. 1200
The rudder is invented in China.
The submarine is invented in the Netherlands.
The steamboat is invented in America.
The passenger steamboat is invented in the United States.
The modern submarine is invented in the United States.
The hydroplane is invented in the United States.
The Titanic is built in England.
The hovercraft is built in England.
Clayton Jacobsen introduces the Jet-ski and Kawasaki begins production of the vehicle for public sale.
The “Chunnel” opens, linking France and England with rail service and a tunnel for passenger cars.
To meet increased demand for cruise ships, Freedom of the Seas is introduced and becomes the largest cruise liner ever. It has 18 decks and can carry 4,000 passengers.
Expected delivery of Royal Caribbean's "Project Genesis," which will be 43% larger than any other cruise ship, weighing 220,000 tons and carrying 5,400 passengers.

Information from The International Herald Tribune

For more inventions, see Inventions & Discoveries.

In the Air Transportation On the Rails

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