steam·​ship | \ ˈstēm-ˌship How to pronounce steamship (audio) \

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The conflict among these groups surfaces throughout Inland; in one surreal episode, drawn in part from Beale’s diary, a steamship chugs upriver just as the fleet of camels reaches its shores, while a group of Mojave people look on, unfazed. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "The Forgotten History Behind ‘Inland’," 18 Aug. 2019 On this date in 1931, The Times took to the air to photograph the wreck of the Harvard, a popular steamship serving San Francisco and Los Angeles that had run aground at Point Arguello on May 30 in heavy fog., "Today: Where Weed and Wine Meet," 12 June 2019 Here rest the skeletal remains of more than 100 wooden steamships, hastily built for World War I before eventually winding up on the Potomac River in Charles County, Md. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Jagged remains of more than 100 ghostly ships rest forever in Mallows Bay," 7 Aug. 2019 But after being put into wartime service, the fates of the twin steamships Delta King and Delta Queen diverged wildly. Bill Van Niekerken,, "How twin SF-to-Sacramento steamships’ histories diverged in fantastic fashion," 10 July 2019 Mallows Bay is best known as the home of 100-plus steamships that were built during World War I in response to the threat of German U-boats. Allen Kim, CNN, "A new national marine sanctuary in Maryland will protect WWI-era shipwrecks," 8 July 2019 The last voyage of the steamship SS Copenhagen took place on May 20, 1900. John Christopher Fine,, "SS Copenhagen shipwreck home to picture-perfect artificial reef," 18 July 2019 A century ago, dozens of shipyards across the United States constructed a fleet of wooden steamships to aid the fight against Germany during World War I. Today, ospreys nest on the boats, and bats breed in the hull. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "'Ghost fleet' of sunken warships declared a national marine sanctuary," 8 July 2019 The snagboat was successful in clearing the way for the steamship H.A. Harvey, Jr., which traveled for two months from the Gulf of Mexico before arriving in Dallas in May of 1893. Dallas News, "Why doesn’t Dallas use the Trinity River as a port? Curious Texas investigates," 20 June 2019

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1790, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of steamship

: a ship that is powered by steam


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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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