1817The steamboat Massachusetts started operating between Salem and Cape Ann.Government and Public Service, Transportation

Steamboat wharf in Gloucester, c.1900s Sutherland, John Lester. Steamboats of Gloucester and the North Shore. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2004.
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The steamboat went from Derby’s Wharf in Salem to Sargent’s Wharf in Gloucester, a distance of about 15 miles, and was operated by the Massachusetts Steam Navigation Company. During the summer of 1817, it also made excursions to Marblehead and Nahant.

Bentley, William, Salem Essex institute, Joseph Gilbert Waters, Marguerite [from old catalog] Dalrymple, and Alice G. [from old catalog Waters. The Diary of William Bentley, D.D., Pastor of the East Church, Salem, Massachusetts .. 4. Salem, Mass., The Essex institute, 1905. http://archive.org/details/diaryofwilliambe04bent.
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