jan 4, 1736 - First Steam Powered Ship
The first steam-powered boat was made in 1736. John Finch, the creator, added propellers based on paddles. This ship actually had an engine to power the boat verses, having to row or rely on the wind. This ship could go about 2000 to 3000 miles at its best. It advances the speed of the ship as well.
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evolution of ships