PS 'Savannah', 1818.
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Model (scale 1:48). The first steamship to cros the Atlantic (or indeed any ocean). She was built by Francis Fickett, of Corlears Hook, New York; engined by Stephen Vail of the Speedwell Iron Works, Morristown New Jersey, with a boiler provided by Daniel Dod of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Originally intended for the sail packet service to Le Havre, France, she was bought before completion by the Savannah Steam Ship Company and adapted for auxiliary steam propulsion. The hull was carvel-built, and she carried three tall masts, and had 32 berths for pasengers. Her 15.25 ft diameter paddle-wheels were made collapsible, each having ten radial arms which could be folded up like a fan and taken on deck when not in use. The 'Savannah' was wrecked off Long Island, New York, in 1821.