Fulton's Folly

Fulton’s Folly

the first profitable steamship, originally considered a failure. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1025]
See: Folly

Fulton’s Folly

everybody scoffed at his 1807 steamboat, the “Clermont.” [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 190]
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America's psychological need for transportation speed is as new as high-speed trains and as old as Fulton's Folly. Americans need speed.
The steamboat era; a history of Fulton's folly on American rivers, 1807-1860.
The famous example is Fulton's Folly. Robert Fulton was born in Pennsylvania in 1765 and migrated to Europe as a young man to seek fame and fortune.
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Collins noted that the first successful steamboat--launched in 1807 by Robert Fulton--was widely derided as "Fulton's Folly." At first, spectators said, "You'll never get it started," Collins observed.
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