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The first steamboat to travel on the Ohio River was named the New Orleans. Although not as well constructed as later vessels, it managed to steam its way from Pittsburgh to New Orleans in 1811. Robert Fulton and his partner, Robert Livingston, built the New Orleans. Although the steamboat was able to make the trip to the city of New Orleans, it did not have enough power to return against the current and spent the next two years transporting people and goods between New Orleans and Natchez. In 1813 the steamboat ran aground and sank. In spite of the New Orleans's failure to return to Pittsburgh, Fulton and Livingston were able to learn from its design and build stronger steamboats in the future.