The City of Fayetteville, the Early Days

13 Apr


Between Three Boat Lines.

The three steamboat lines that ply the Cape Fear between Fayetteville and Wilmington, to-wit:  The Cape Fear and Peoples Company, of which Col. W. S. Cook is General Manager, which owns the Hurt and Hawes; The Merchants & Farmers Steamboat Company, of which Mr. Oliver Evans is President, which owns the Highlander and Driver; and The Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company, which owns the “City of Fayetteville,” of which Mr. A. A. Lisman is President, and Mr. E. W. Cooke General Manager, have formed a traffic arrangement; and Col. W. S. Cook has been made the agent at Fayetteville, and Mr. T. D. Love the agent at Wilmington for the three lines.

There was a meeting Friday of the stockholders of the Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company, at which the following stockholders were present:  Messrs. H. W. Lilly, W. L. Holt, W. M. Morgan, R. P. Gray, A. A. Lisman, S. H. MacRae, L. A. Williamson, E. H. Williamson and E. W. Cooke.

The meeting was for the purpose of reviewing the financial condition of the company, and to take preliminary steps for the operation of the line, pending the annual meeting of stockholders in February.

Under the new arrangement all the boats of the several lines will use the splendid new wharf of the Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, January 15, 1903]

A Popular Appointment.

President Lisman, of the Fayetteville & Wilmington Steamboat Company, has appointed Mr. Charles Cagle, the popular day clerk at the LaFayette Hotel, City Ticket Agent of the new steamer City of Fayetteville.  This is a most excellent selection, and will meet with universal favor.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, January 15, 1903]


Captain Albert H. Worth has been appointed captain of the steamer “City of Fayetteville” to succeed Captain Fromberger.  Captain Worth has had over 20 years service on the river and he is considered an excellent man for the position.  Mr. Charles Cagle, clerk at the LaFayette Hotel, has been made city ticket agent in Fayetteville of the new steamer.

[Wilmington Dispatch – January 16, 1903]

Steamer City of Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Observer, 15th:  “Our former townsman, Capt. Albert H. Worth, was to-day appointed captain of the new steamer City of Fayetteville, to succeed Capt. Fromberger, who brought the boat up from Jacksonville, Fla.  Capt. Worth is now at Elizabeth City and is expected to reach here this afternoon or to-morrow.  Capt. Worth, who is a son of the late Joseph A. Worth, for so many years a leading citizen of Fayetteville, and a nephew of the late Governor Worth, is admirably equipped for the position to which he has been appointed.  He has had some twenty years experience as commander of our best river boats, and is a man of excellent mind and mature judgment.  He is, besides, a Confederate veteran of fine record and bears on his body the heavy marks of the great war.  The new company is to be commended and congratulated for this graceful recognition of the fitness of things.”

[Wilmington Star – January 16, 1903]

The City of Fayetteville Made Her
First Trip Down the Upper Cape
Fear Yesterday Morning-Brought
Down Seventy-Five Passengers.
The Schedule to be Run Here-

The elegant new steamer City of Fayetteville, of the Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company’s Line, made her first trip down from Fayetteville yesterday morning.  She left that city at 3:30 p. m. Wednesday and arrived in Wilmington at 6 a. m.  She was in command of Captain Albert H. Worth and he states that there was fair boating water in the Cape Fear for the trip.  The trip of the streamer was made in good time.  During part of the run she was timed and made twelve miles an hour, and it is probable that in some reaches she skimmed along at 14 miles an hour.

Mr. Walter L. Holt, one of the stockholders and a director of the Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company, came down on the steamer, and with him as his guests were the following Fayetteville gentlemen:  Messrs. E. H. Williamson, S. H. Webb, E. E. Gorham, Banks Williamson, L. A. Williamson, D. S. McRae, A. J. Hatch, and the Messrs. Morrow.  There was a passenger list of about 75 and among them were Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Hogan and family of Fayetteville, and quite a number of passengers from the various landings between Wilmington and Fayetteville.  The steamer also brought a large cargo of manufactured goods, shipped to New York by the cotton factories of Fayetteville, besides consignments of country produce.

While at Fayetteville the steamer was furnished throughout, the saloons and state rooms being carpeted and equipped.  The ladies saloon is beautifully furnished, handsome wicker tables and wicker chairs constituting the furniture.  Next to the ladies saloon is the dining room and it is handsomely equipped.  The gentlemen’s saloon is also nicely furnished and the boat is a great credit to the Cape Fear.  Passengers who came down state that the meals served on the steamer are elegant.  Adjoining the dining room is the butler’s pantry and from the galley below the meals are received in the pantry by a dumb waiter and thence served in the dining room.

Captain Worth, who is in charge of the new steamer, is one of the most popular river commanders that ever ran between here and Fayetteville.  Everybody was glad to see him again on the river, for everybody esteems him highly and all feel safe when he at the helm.  He is courteous and knows how to look after the safety and comfort of his passengers.  He was a captain on the river for eight years during that time having been mate of the steamer Hart, and captain of the steamers Juniper, Governor Worth and Hurt.  After quitting the river he was a conductor for nine years on the C. F. & Y. V. railroad and for the past few years has resided at Norfolk.  He has hosts of friends who are glad to see him back again.  Captain F. M. Fromberger, who was temporarily in charge of the new steamer came down yesterday and will return while here.

The City of Fayetteville left on the return trip yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock.  Hereafter she will leave Wilmington at 5 p. m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Leave Fayetteville at 5 p. m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

[Wilmington Messenger – January 23, 1903]

City of Fayetteville.

The steamer City of Fayetteville did not arrive until 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, the delay having been caused by the disabling of one of the engines near White Hall yesterday morning.  She brought on the trip 51 bales of cotton, a quantity of factory goods and a miscellaneous cargo.  She will return to Fayetteville to-day, perishable freight having been sent up on the Hurt yesterday.

[Wilmington Star – January 28, 1903]

Clarkton Express:…

—-   The “City of Fayetteville” is now making regular trips between Fayetteville and Wilmington.  It represents an attractive appearance as it glides over the waters of the Cape Fear at night with its 120 incandescent electric lights in full glow, illuminating and rendering attractive the beautiful scenery along the historic stream.

[Wilmington Messenger – January 30, 1903]

Steamer City of Fayetteville at Landing (about 1910)

Steamer City of Fayetteville at Landing (about 1910)

NOTE: In the image above, there is an object on the riverbank, at the bow of the steamer.  I am guessing that this might have been one of the original boilers that was removed and replaced with those that were cheaper to operate about 1905.

Traffic Arrangement Effected.

Mr. T. D. Love, of Wilmington, agent of the Merchant & Farmers Steamboat Company, and Col. W. S. Cook, manager of the Cape Fear & Peoples Transportation Company, met in this city last Saturday and effected arrangements for the joint management of these two lines and the Fayetteville & Wilmington Steamboat Company, of which Mr. A. A. Lisman, of Lisman, Lorge & Company, of New York, is president.  Col. Cook and Mr. Love have been made the joint managers of the several interests.

[Fayetteville Observer –  Thursday, February 5, 1903]

The New Boat Line.

Mr. A. A. Lisman, of New York, President of the Fayetteville & Wilmington Steamboat Company, returned from Wilmington Sunday morning on the steamer City of Fayetteville of his line, and left on the noon train for New York.  Before returning north President Lisman expressed his delight with the new boat and the trip up the Cape fear, and especially complimented the management of that prince of masters, Captain Albert H. Worth, in whom he naturally places the greatest confidence.  He also had good words for Mr. Duncan S. MacRae, whom he has appointed superintendent.

The City of Fayetteville will hereafter make two trips a week, leaving Fayetteville at 8 a. m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and returning, leave Wilmington at 2 p. m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The fare has been reduced to $3 for the trip, including meals and berth.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, February 26, 1903]

The Steamboat Merger Off.

The three steamboat companies, which ply the Cape fear between Fayetteville and Wilmington, to wit:  The People’s and Cape Fear Transportation Company, the Merchants and Farmers Transportation Company, and the Fayetteville and Wilmington steamboat Company, which have, for the past month, been working under the same management on a “community of interest” basis, will hereafter run as independent lines.   Mr. A. A. Lisman, President of the Fayetteville and Wilmington steamboat Company, who arrived here from New York last night, to-day withdrawing his boat, “The City of Fayetteville,” from the combination.

The Peoples and the Merchants and Farmers, Companys will hereafter use their old wharfs, the Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company using the new wharf exclusively.

President Lisman left for Wilmington Friday afternoon, on business connected with his boat company, and will return next week, to arrange for the running of his boat as an independent line.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, February 26, 1903]

River News

The Wilmington Dispatch of Wednesday afternoon says:

The steamer City of Fayetteville is doing a nice passenger business and the management is much gratified.  The steamer arrived early this morning from Fayetteville and she had 22 first class passengers.  She has from 15 to 25 on every trip.  The splendid boat is growing in popularity and the spring and summer travel on it will be very heavy.  The Dispatch is glad to chronicle the success of the new steamer.  She is a credit to the Cape Fear river, to Wilmington and to Fayetteville, and should succeed.

The Star of this morning says:

The steamer City of Fayetteville arrived about daylight yesterday and cleared late in the afternoon for the return.  On the down trip she had 25 first class passengers.  Among her passengers on the return trip yesterday were Messrs. A. S. and R. L. Williams and Mr. T. Morgan Turrentine.
Rev. I. W. Hughes and Mr. A. H. Slocomb are also passengers on the City of Fayetteville.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, March 19, 1903]

River News.

The Wilmington Messenger of Friday morning says:

The Fayetteville and Wilmington Steamboat Company, owners of the splendid new steamer, City of Fayetteville, has appointed Mr. James Madden as their Wilmington agent.

Mr. Madden has accepted the position, and the company is to be congratulated upon their selection, as he is the oldest of river steamboat men and has had years of practical experience in the business.  For many years he has been agent here for the Cape Fear River Transportation Company and the Black River Packet Company.  He is a most capable man, and is well known and possesses the confidence of the business men of Wilmington and shippers along the Cape Fear between here and Fayetteville.  He will assume his new duties on next Monday.

The company will use the wharf at the foot of Chestnut street, and it is convenient to all parts of the business district of the city.  We learn that the steamer City of Fayetteville is doing a good business on the river and owing to her superior passenger accommodations is carrying a great many passengers between Wilmington and Fayetteville.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday March 26, 1903]


An Exciting Race.

The Wilmington Messenger of this Tuesday says:

An exciting river race is reported as having taken place Friday between the steamers Highlander and the City of Fayetteville, resulting in a victory for the former. The two steamers left Wilmington on the up river trip in the afternoon at 4 o’clock and at Roans’ Landing, twenty-one miles from the city, where a stop was made for wood, the two craft got side by side and the race commenced. Each was light and made about the same number of stops, so the race was an equal one. For fully fifteen miles the steamers were in sight of each other, but finally the Highlander steamed away from the City of Fayetteville and made Fayetteville ten minutes ahead of her adversary.


[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, July 16, 1903]

Image of the Steamer CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE c1905.  Note the dual smoke stacks, their unique flange at the crown, and the Captain’s cabin directly below the wheelhouse.  The City of Fayetteville is the only steamer that I have seen that had the extra cabin deck.  *See plans and other photos of this steamer.



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