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Hoofbeats Over the Water: INA Research on Horse-Powered Ferryboats

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Most people are aware that mules and horses walking on tow paths pulled boats through North America’s nineteenth-century canals, but fewer know that during the same century horses also served on board paddle-powered ferryboats.

Want to read more about North America’s age of horseboats and the horse ferry wreck in Lake Champlain? See:

Cover: When Horses Walked on Water


Kevin J. Crisman and Arthur B. Cohn. When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-Powered Ferries in Nineteenth-Century North America (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998).