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In 1966, a young Englishman purchased a 40-year-old barge that he converted for leisurely, multi-day holidays on the waterways. This was the beginning of river cruising as we know it today. But without the help of an American writer, river cruising may never have evolved as it did.
As we continue to explore the history of river cruising, today we’ll learn how a single steamboat helped thwart an invasion on America and went on to open the Mississippi river cruises in its wake; how the steamboat industry survived two world wars that sank boats in Europe; and how companies survived periods of boom and bust. We’ll also learn how a well-known writer popularized river cruising in the United States and how a poet mythologized a landmark that still attracts river cruisers today.
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