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John Fitch

Fitch, John (1743–98), U.S. inventor and engineer. Fitch built the first practical steamboat (1787), larger vessels being launched in 1788 and 1790. All were paddle-powered; his later attempt to introduce the screw propeller was a commercial failure.

See also: Steamboat.

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