"James Burt " Paddle-wheel Boat

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Hubbard L. Hart bought the paddle-wheel steamer "James Burt" in 1860.

He used the boat to transport people and supplies between Palatka and Silver Springs.

The tourist route lasted for two days, and went down the Ocklawaha River from Palatka to Silver Springs

and back.

The roads at the time were very poor, but boat transport was faster and safer.

The "James Burt" was also used to move lumber from Hart's new cypress lumbering enterprise.

His new business the Hart's Line, needed to clear the wood and debris from the Ocklawaha.

Later it would be used in the Civil War as a runner for the Confederate Troops.

I was unable to find out what happens to it after 1863.