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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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York-built steamboat traveled 300-miles up Susquehanna in 1826

A York-built iron steamboat was successfully launched in the Susquehanna River at Accomac, Hellam Township on November 22, 1825. The boat named CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat in America. The builder, John Elgar, captained the CODORUS on a voyage … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during July 2015; Commencing 4th Year of YorksPast

On July 26th, 2015, I began my 4th year of YorksPast. The first three years of YorksPast, represent 653 posts; which averages 4.2 posts per week. Readership remains at record levels. Thanks to everyone for your continuing interest in the … Continue reading

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The Iron Steamboat Codorus heads to North Carolina

In 1825, John Elgar designed and built the Iron Steamboat Codorus in York, Pa. At that time, the majority attitude was, “wood floated and iron sank, why would anybody build a boat out of iron?” On November 22, 1825, The … Continue reading

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James Mills soars over York County in 1835

York County Tourist Information Center Murals These murals were on the wall of the York County Tourist Information Center along Mt. Zion Road; across from Avalong Farms Dairy Bar. The center opened on April 15, 1973. Cliff Satterthwaite, at the … Continue reading

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The Design of America’s First Iron Steamboat

America’s First Iron Steamboat marker is located a short distance west of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., on the south side of Route 462, opposite Blessing Lane. It states, “The Codorus, built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day … Continue reading

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Iron Steamboat Codorus tackles Nanticoke Falls

A cutting wind blew down the Susquehanna River whipping into freezing spray the water cascading over Nanticoke Falls near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Despite the cold, John Elgar had taken off his coat and was prepared to swim in case his little … Continue reading

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