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
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.