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ROGERS, Moses, pioneer steam navigator, born in New London, Connecticut, in September, 1780; died in Cheraw, South Carolina, 15 September, 1822. He was associated with Robert Fulton in his experiments, in 1808 commanded the " Clermont," and in June, 1809, with Robert L. Stevens, had charge of the "Phoenix" in her voyage from New York to Philadelphia, which was the first trip that, was ever made on the ocean by a steam vessel. Subsequently he commanded the first, steamer that went from Charleston to Savannah. In 1818 he was employed by Scarborough and Isaacs to purchase a hull in which he was to have built an engine in order to make a trial-trip across the Atlantic. This vessel was christened " Savannah," and he was made her captain and engineer. She left Savannah, Georgia, on 28 March, 1819, and went by way of New York to Liverpool, where she arrived on 18 June, thus being the first steam vessel to cross the ocean. After his return Captain Rogers built and commanded the" Pee Dee," plying between Georgetown, South Carolina, and Cheraw, South Carolina, until his death.
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