PARIS. Action Nominative en négociable de F1000. black on yellow paper. No 412. Some edge-damage at the right side, including 2 tears (repaired) and a little paper loss. Together with the "Bateaux à vapeur-articules de Rouen à Paris", this is the very first French share known of a company operating a steamship (both were issued 1824). It connected Le Havre and Rouen to Paris along the Seine river. Steam ships were an invention of the early 19th century. After various experiments in the 1780s/90s, perhaps the first successful steamship was the 'Charlotte Dundas', built in Scotland 1801/2. It was valuable for towing on the Forth/Clyde Canal. The American engineer Robert Fulton witnessed this success, and in 1807 built the 'Clermont', on the Hudson River in New York, using English engines from Boulton & Watt. She proved very popular as a passenger boat between New York and Albany. The first steamer to make a regular sea voyage was the 'Phoenix', which in 1809 steamed from Hoboken NJ to Philadelphia. In 1812 Bell produced his steamer 'Comet', which carried passengers between the Clyde ports in Scotland. From here their use grew quickly. By 1814 there were 5 steamboats on the Thames. In 1818 the 'Savannah' crossed the Atlantic from New York to Le Havre, although mostly using sail. Regular Atlantic crossings, truly bysteam, has to wait until 1827, with the Dutch 'Curaçao', from Rotterdam to the Dutch West Indies. In France, the first successful steamship was the 'Garonne', built Bordeaux 1818, but its success was greater on river than on sea. The Loire followed in1822, and, to judge by this share, the Seine also. Apart from one American company, the Golden Fleece Steam Boat Co. from 1817, we have never seen any earlier share issued by a steamboat company. A true top shipping piece.
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