Naval War College Review


One of the great events in American, and indeed world, maritime history oc- curred in the summer of 1819, when the American steamship Savannah, com- manded by Captain Moses Rogers, be- came the first steam-powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Its pioneer voyage from Savannah, Georgia, to Liverpool, England, in May and June 1819 is sometimes mentioned as an epochmaking event that marked the coming age of the steamship.