Lead: On August 17, 1807, from the shoreline of the Hudson River, spectators witnessed a shocking sight. There in the river was a mechanical monster spewing flames and smoke. It was Mr. Fulton’s Folly.

 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: Robert Fulton’s first steamboat ushered in a new era of transportation and industrialization. The North River Steamboat of Clermont, later simply referred to as Clermont, was named after the early Dutch name for the Hudson River. Clermont was the hometown of Fulton’s partner and financier, Robert Livingston, prominent New York lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and former minister to France.