Talk:Savannah (steamboat)

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Famous voyage[edit]

er....what famous voyage? Kingturtle 05:42, 6 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Just a couple of corrections. Scarborough is spelled Scarbrough. President Monroe visited Savannah for the launching of the steamship, not Madison. Madison was no longer in office in 1819. Further, President Monroe resided at William Scarbrough's house during his visit to Savannah.

- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, located in the Historic William Scarbrough House, Savannah, GA. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:03, 17 April 2009 (UTC)


If she only used her steam engine on 18 days, how's she first steamship to make the crossing? Seems like she ought to actually be under the Canadian Royal William was, in 1831... (OK, I'm a bit national chauvinist...) (Built, I also note, by Moson at Montreal...) Trekphiler 20:36, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Since the claim remains, I tagged it. [dubious ] Trekphiler (talk) 01:03, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

I added the newspaper quote because I thought it funny and informative and adding additional info to the story. However, apparently I don't know enough about format to make it appear properly in the text. Perhaps someone will fix it so the whole info shows. MM. 1/18/06


I have no problem with a article about "the first steamship to cross the Atlantic though not entirely by steam." This IS a "famous" voyage, in my experience: motive power notwithstanding, Savannah is more widely noticed that Curacao or Royal William, though they deserve at least equal acclaim. There must be a reason that the nuclear ship Savannah was not named the nuclear ship Curacao.

What's new to me is the other claim, that this was the largest passenger ship. No tonnage is listed.

Eugene W. Smith's Passenger Ships of the World (pp.239-40) gives Savannah only 319 tons. Are we really to believe that nothing bigger was afloat, and if so, on what evidence?

Smith also says, BTW, that she used her engines for a total of four days.

Terry J. Carter (talk) 00:59, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

I removed the "World's largest passenger ship" navbox. There is nothing in any of the sources I've seen to indicate that Savannah ever qualified for this distinction, and I don't think it's the sort of thing a reliable source would be likely to omit. Gatoclass (talk) 05:22, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
There was still a link to Savannah from the "World's largest passenger ship" succession box at SS Royal William. I've removed it. --Colin Douglas Howell (talk) 20:31, 31 August 2009 (UTC)