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Steamboats on the Upper Delaware River
An Illustrated Presentation By Paul W. Schopp

The Upper Delaware River, extending from Market Street, Philadelphia, to the head of navigation at Trenton, once hosted a lively steamboat trade beginning with John Fitch’s experimental boats. Paul Schopp’s presentation will briefly cover the history of steamboats on this section of the river and then take viewers on an imaginary excursion up the Delaware from Philadelphia using rare postcard images and artwork, advertising, and period photographs. Viewers will learn about some of the ferry services offered to the traveling public as well as examine steam traffic on tributaries like the Pennsauken and Rancocas creeks. Riverfront amusement parks will be included in the presentation as well as some of the freight wharves and piers. Viewers will meet some of the masters who skippered the steamers. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the end of steamboat service and what happened to the last few boats.

This talk, one in a series, open to the public and free of charge, is sponsored by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) about different aspects of the cultural, recreational, and natural heritage of the Delaware River. An environmental nonprofit, DRGP supports the Delaware River Scenic Byway, the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River, the Delaware River Water Trail, and the Delaware River Heritage Trail.

Mar 21, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Paul W. Schopp
Assistant Director @South Jersey Culture & History Center
Working in the local history and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) field for almost 50 years, Paul W. Schopp has gained a wealth of knowledge in a wide array of topics. During his career as a professional historian, Paul’s specializations include transportation history, South Jersey and Delaware Valley history, and Black history in South Jersey. Mr. Schopp served as the Executive Director of the Camden County Historical Society for four years (1996-2000) and is well known in New Jersey history circles. He is a published author, having written numerous articles and seven books and pamphlets. After almost 30 years in the CRM field, Stockton University recruited him to serve as the Assistant Director of the South Jersey Culture & History Center, a position he has held for eight years and continues to hold. Paul has been a student of the Delaware River and its cultural history for many years and holds a special interest in the river’s steamboats and the stops they served.