The use of the steam ship was mostly for transportation across water. The first steam ship model was built around 1692 by a French physicist Denis Papins. The first steam ship was 4 cylinders with rotating wheels. The engine of this boat only ran for 15 minutes before the engine wasn't working. Later on in 1784 James Rumsey built a pump driven boat. This boat successfully steamed on the Potaomac river in 1786.

 

Robert Fulton’s

Clermont

Sailboat

Weight

Room/ Space

6

6

8

Speed

9

6

10

Reliability

9

5

10

Fuel [Cost]

6

8

8

Price

6

8

10

Total

36

33

45