Below you'll find a list of shipments out of Savannah to various parts of the world. Cotton was the primary export in the 19th Century but it wasn't the only export. The Savannah River was of prime importance for the exporting business. Pole Boats were used to bring the goods from Augusta down to Savannah.
The exports from Savannah:
Sea Island cotton, . 10 722 bales.
Upland ditto, . . 62,698
Rice, . . 15.798 whole tierces.
2,336 half ditto.
Tobacco, . . 1,501 hogsheads.
The quantity of cotton exported from Savannah, from the 1st of October 1815 to the 10th of February 1816, was,
from the 1st of November 1815 to the 27th of April 1816, were as follows:
To England, . 14,552 bales Upland,
Ditto, . . 3,638 ditto Sea Island.
To France, . 4,346 ditto Upland.
Ditto. . . 97 ditto Sea Island.
To Europe, . . 874 ditto Upland.
Ditto, . . 40 ditto Sea Island.
Coastwise, . .10,123 ditto.
Total, 83,670 bales.
After the invention of the steamboats, pole boats were less and less used but they were still used at the time of the writing of
STATISTICAL, POLITICAL, AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT of THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA; FROM THE PERIOD OF THEIR FIRST COLONIZATION TO THE PRESENT DAY. Printed by George Ramsay and Co. Edinburgh, 1819.
Steam-boats have been established on the Savannah river. One, called the Enterprise, made the passage from Savannah to Augusta, with two freight boats dragging, in eight days, and returned with the current in three and a half. The pole boats require fourteen days to ascend the same distance, and from five to seven to descend. Two other steam-boats are now building, by a company, for the purpose of dragging freighted boats to and from Augusta.