steam·​ship | \ˈstēm-ˌship \

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As metal hulls and steamships replaced wooden vessels powered by sail, the shipyards faltered. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "Northport, N.Y.: Old-Time Charm in a Waterfront Village," 2 May 2018 The first batch of gold had just come ashore when a group of American and British companies that had insured the steamship's cargo 135 years earlier claimed rights to the treasure and filed suit. Karla Zabludovsky, Newsweek, "Sunken Ship Laden With Gold Lures Treasure Hunters – Again," 19 Mar. 2014 In the exhibit, a model of a sleek, double-masted steamship represents one of Texas’s main contributions to the Confederacy: the blockade-runners. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 In our opening installment today, Rodney talks about getting tech news by steamship as a kid (yes, really)—living on the southern fringe of the inhabited world, with nothing on the (very) far side of the water but Antarctica. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part one: Rodney Brooks and robot ethics," 20 June 2018 Claire is one of two steamships that traveled for decades between Detroit and Boblo Island, which is on the Canadian side of the border. Washington Post, "Wisconsin high court backs fired professor; Manafort’s attorneys want trial moved," 7 July 2018 Rather than letting the son die, Henson loaded him on a steamship and returned north. Jared Brock, Smithsonian, "The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’," 16 May 2018 Director Michal Sulima acknowledges that one of his influences was Werner Herzog’s movie, Fitzcarraldo, about a mad obsession to transport a steamship over the Andes. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 And his satirical account of his trip on a steamship to Europe and the Middle East is a send-up of privileged Americans, including himself. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The 8 Best Travel Books of All Time," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of steamship

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steamship was in 1790

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English Language Learners Definition of steamship

: a ship that is powered by steam


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