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This Day in Georgia History

June 20, 1819

SS Savannah First Steamship to Cross Atlantic

After a 29-day voyage, the Savannah steamed into Liverpool, England becoming the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. With smoke billowing from its stacks, the Savannah sailed from its namesake city in Georgia on May 22. Once at sea, however, most of the voyage would be made under sail, as the ship’s supply of fuel (coal and wood) was exhausted after 105 hours of steam power.