Fri, Nov 20, 2015 09:30AM EST - Sat, Nov 21, 2015 09:30AM EST
Steamboat Builder, John Piatt, Archive Including Shipping Notes, Checks, & More
Lot of over 222 items, approx. 116 bills of lading and 106 checks, ca 1818-1828.
Before the invention of the automobile, rivers were America's highways. Steamships putted along rivers carrying passengers and precious cargo. The innovation in travel made Cincinnati a major trade hub. Businesses thrived causing the "Queen City" to be the sixth largest city in the United States. In 1826, Cincinnati ship manufactures built 48 of the 143 steamboats on the Ohio River. Between 1841 and 1850 they constructed over 295 boats. At the center of production was John Piatt, a prominent steamship manufacturer involved in the earliest parts of steamship history.
The collection of over 200 items available in this lot descended in the Piatt family. The collections includes illustrated bills of lading from his company that document the ship names, captains, cargo, and destinations of hundreds of boats traveling through Cincinnati and company checks marking its expenses. All of the items are from the height of steamship travel.
All are in very good condition with toning of the paper and some brittleness of the checks, but all the writing is legible.