As nouns the difference between steamboat and flatboat
is that steamboat
is a boat or vessel propelled by steam power while flatboat
is a boxy, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying livestock, freight, and people on rivers.
As a verb steamboat
is to travel by steamboat.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
- 1870' ''By and by the '''steamboat intruded. Then for fifteen or twenty years, these men continued to run their keelboats down-stream, and the steamers did all of the upstream business, the keelboatmen selling their boats in New Orleans, and returning home as deck passengers in the steamers.'' — Mark Twain, ''Life on the Mississippi ,
* steamer, steamship
To travel by steamboat.
A boxy, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying livestock, freight, and people on rivers.