A son of Robert and Mary Fulton
In Lancaster County,Pennsylvania.
One younger brother Abraham
Three older sisters, Mary, Liz and Isabella.
Dad sold the farm in sixty-six
Moved his family to the city.
In sixty-eight he passed away
Left five children feeling pity.
Robert moved to Philadelphia
At the age of seventeen.
To pursue his painting and
Book publishing was his dream.
Became friends with Benjamin Franklin.
And other influential people.
At twenty-one bought Mom a farm
A keen mind and very practical.
As an inventor, mechanic and engineer
Designs for canals and bridges he’d make.
Led to the famous Erie Canal
And construction in New York State.
His vision of a diving boat
With his engineering skills begun.
He designed and developed
The “Nautilus” in eighteen-hundred and one.
In eighteen-hundred and seven
Completed his work on the “Clermont.”
The first successful steamboat
Fulton’s name would be savant.
The “Clermont’s” maiden voyage
Was fromNew York CitytoAlbany.
One hundred and fifty miles
On August seventeen.
The steamboat actually showed
Fulton’s genius as an engineer.
He did not invent it but made it practical
By applying his own ideas.
He studied success and failures
His mind was brilliant and keen.
Until his death from pneumonia
On February twenty-third, eighteen-fifteen