Capt. James C. Smith

18 Apr

Local Dots.

—  It is now stated that Capt. Jas. Smith will go out to Florida in command of the steamer Cumberland, instead of Capt. Albert Worth, as heretofore announced.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, January 14, 1876]


—  Capt. Smith, of the steamer D. Murchison, reports that there had been a rise of about twenty-five feet in the river up to the time he left Fayetteville Tuesday morning, and that it was still rising slowly.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Thursday, March 29, 1883]

Express Steamboat Co.

ON and after April 1st and until further notice the Steamer D. Murchison, Capt. J. C. Smith, will leave Fayetteville every Tuesday and Friday at 7 o’clock A. M. and Wilmington every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 P. M.

Steamer Wave, Capt. W. A. Robeson, will leave Fayetteville every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 o’clock A. M. and Wilmington Monday and Thursday at 2 o’clock P. M.

Agents, Fayetteville, N. C.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, April 12, 1883.]

— The steamer D. Murchison came off the ways Thursday evening and yesterday started up the river on a trial trip, with a flat in tow, expecting to go as far as Elizabethtown.  She has been in the hands of the carpenters, painters and machinists for some weeks past, during which she received a thorough overhauling, and is now almost as good as new.  Particular attention has been paid to the improvement of the ladies’ cabin.  Her wheels are also new, and much of the old machinery has been replaced.  We congratulate Capt. Smith on the fine appearance of his boat and hope he will soon have plenty of water to test her in her new toggery.

[Wilmington Star – October 18, 1884]

“When the steamer Hurt reached Old Ferry, about ten miles from Fayetteville, yesterday afternoon on her trip to Wilmington, a slight crack was discovered in her boiler, and Capt. James Smith, who is in temporary command, deemed it advisable to tie up until the repairs could be made.  Consequently the twenty odd passengers were returned to Fayetteville through the country in private conveyances, reaching this city shortly before sundown.  Captain Smith, who is himself an expert machinist, is superintending the work of putting the boiler in order, which is being done speedily, so as to enable the Hurt to leave here Thursday on her regular schedule.”

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, August 11, 1899]

Capt. J. C. Smith Returns to His Old Love.

Capt. Jas. C. Smith, of this city, has succeeded Capt. Black as Master of the steamer E. A. Hawes and made his initial trip up Black River yesterday.

Capt. Smith was for years cammander of the Murchison and then of the C. F. & Y. V.’s steamer Compton, retiring soon after the A. C. L. acquired that road.

The Wilmington Star of this morning says:

Capt. Smith needs no introduction to the shippers and citizens along the lower Cape Fear.  His obliging manners and capable business management have always made him a favorite with river people, and his appointment to succeed Capt. Black is a good one.

[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday Evening, November 8, 1899.]

Steamer Will Sail For Georgetown
Sunday, Weather Being Good.

If the weather is favorable, the steamer Highlander will sail from Southport about midnight Sunday for Georgetown.  The steamer Sanders will be her convoy down the coast.  The Highlander will make the trip to Georgetown in twelve or fifteen hours.  The boat will be in charge of Capt. J. C. Smith, with Capt. W. A. Snell as coast pilot.  Mr. T. D. Love, the owner, will accompany the steamer.  The Highlander will go direct to Columbia from Georgetown without any delay.  The boat will be used in the new line to be operated between those cities.

[Wilmington Dispatch – February 20, 1904]



Noted River Navigator.


Capt. J. C. Smith died at 2:15 o’clock at Glenville, in northwest Fayetteville, aged 69, on last Tuesday afternoon.

This news will bring sorrow to hundreds of friends in Fayetteville, Wilmington and eastern Carolina.  he was for years one of the most popular steamboat captains on the Cape River, and later commanded the big C. F. & Y. V. ferryboat Compton at Wilmington.  since retiring from the steamboat service he has had charge of the Fayetteville watgerworks plant at Glenville.

Captain Smith was a splendid man, of noble mind, honest in the best sense of the word, courteous and gentle.

His death will be a personal sorrow to everyone who knew him.  he is survived by the following children, his wife having passed away about a year ago:  Mrs. Alexander Campbell, of this city; Mrs. Dell Williams, of Florence; and Mrs. Sidney Smith, of this county, and Messrs. Tom, Hampton and Lee Smith, the latter of Savannah.

Captain Smith, after quitting the Cape Fear river, owned and commanded a boat on the St. John’s river in Florida for several years and until failing health compelled his return to Fayetteville.

He was a son of Dr. James Campbell Smith and was born near the Mile Branch in the northern suburbs of Fayetteville.

The funeral took place from St. John’s church Wednesday afternoon 4 o’clock.

[Fayetteville Observer —  Wednesday, October 26, 1910]


James Campbell Smith b. 3rd Oct, 1841 – d. 18 Oct., 1910 (Fayetteville, NC – Cross Creek Cemetery #2 Records)

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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