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This map depicts the many steamboat wharves along the Chesapeake Bay.
Many were built at farms where
steamboats would pick up produce, enabling perishable cargo to reach its destination more quickly.

A steamboat on the Rappahhanock River
route left Baltimore at Friday at 4:30pm, weather permitting, and reached
Tappahannock that evening after making stops along the river.

It spent the night in Tappahannock
and left the next day at 2:00pm, again stopping at various wharves on the river before heading for Norfolk where it arrived on Sunday morning.

During the Steamboat Era there were approximatly 200 wharves along the shores of the Bay and its tributaries.