steam·​ship | \ ˈstēm-ˌship \

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When the British passenger steamship Athenia is sunk by a German U-boat in early September 1939, pamphlets appear in newsstands explaining that this atrocity was a false flag episode perpetrated by the British themselves to enlist American sympathy. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘A Chill in the Air’ Review: A Tuscan Idyll Before the War," 30 Aug. 2018 By contrast, the transatlantic steamship operators pampered their first-class passengers and abused the rest. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Miseries of Travel," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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to deny responsibility for

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