Today's Geneabloggers prompt sent me on hunt for information on one of Connecticut's most fascinating historic jobs. In the 19th century, steamboats and railroads revolutionized travel in New England. Steamboats were considered both a comfortable and fast method of travel. Although the car should have made them outdated, they remained popular through the 1930s. In that time, men had worked on dozens of steamboats.
Where do you look if your ancestor happened to work on a steamboat? Start by learning more about the steamboating culture. Connecticut's Heritage Gateway provides a good overview at http://www.ctheritage.org/biography/topical_transportation/steamboats.htm. Once you have the name of his ship, you can find out even more. The steamboat Middletown is one of the best recorded.
For more information on the history of steamboats, visit the following: