1840Steamboats started running between Boston and Gloucester.Government and Public Service, Location and Setting, Transportation, Tourism

Steamboat in Gloucester Harbor, 1896. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 19263a
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The trips ran on a regular schedule during the summer months. In 1870 the Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company was formed and began to run trips year round.

Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd.
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