history

Steamboats

After the Civil War, the St. Johns River became a popular tourist destination for northerners who visited to tour the river and its tributaries aboard steamboats. By 1885, seven steamboat lines operated out of Palatka, rivaling Jacksonville as one of the major port cities along the St. Johns River. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant took farewell voyages on steamboats down the St. Johns, and President Grover Cleveland enjoyed a steamboat trip after attending the Subtropical Exposition in Jacksonville in 1888.

Steamboats