Steamboat Chesapeake, Union Line

“DIED. At Cambridge, Maryland in the 2nd instant, Captain EDWARD TRIPPE, aged 75 years, long and favorably known as commander of the first line of steamboats established between Baltimore and Philadelphia, and who, just before or about the close of the late war, superintended the construction of and afterwards commanded the first steamboat that floated upon the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.” Daily National Intelligencer, February 16, 1846

During the War of 1812, the steamboat Chesapeake was among the vessels that blocked the entrance to Baltimore harbor adjacent to Fort McHenry during the Battle for Baltimore in September 1814. The new 130-foot steamboat packet Chesapeake, presented her starboard wheelhouse with the inscription: CHESAPEAKE: UNION LINE towards the British warships.


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Illustrated advertisement for a steamboat service from William McDonald & Co. | Source: Maryland State Archives | Creator: American Commercial and Daily Advertiser View File Details Page

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The steamboat was positioned in the Patapsco River.

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Fort McHenry Tunnel, Baltimore, MD 21230 [map]

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Scott S. Sheads, “Steamboat Chesapeake, Union Line,” Battle of Baltimore, accessed November 21, 2019,
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