Two Boats of A. G. Black, Master Carpenter

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The New Steamer.

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Yesterday the new steamer for the “People’s Line,” the North State, glided gaily into our waters for the first time. Immediately upon her arrival a large number of our citizens repaired on board to take a look at the beautiful steamer, and she was pronounced on all hands to be a most magnificent craft, provided with excellent arrangements for the convenience and accommodation of passengers. A personal inspection of her various apartments convinced us that the high encomiums passed upon her were by no means extravagant, but fully warranted.

The North State was built at Fayetteville, under the immediate supervision of Capt. Thos. J. Green, her polite and accommodating commander. The carpenter’s work was done under the superintendence of Mr. A. G. Black, Master Carpenter, a skillful and experienced workman, and the painting by Mr. Thomas Wright, an adept at his business. In dimensions she is 118 feet in length, 18 feet breadth of beam and 5 feet depth of hole, has a carrying capacity equal to 800 barrels of naval stores, and accommodations for 36 passengers{.} She has two inclined engines of 13 inches bore and 5 feet stroke. The ladies’ cabin contains 12 berths, and the gentlemen’s the same number; besides which there are two state rooms containing double berths, convenient for ladies or for small families. These state rooms are so constructed as to be made strictly private and communicate with the ladies’ cabin, which is neatly arranged, and handsomely furnished and carpeted. There are also two state rooms for gentlemen, opening from the outside, a gentlemen’s sitting room and other conveniences.

Her boiler, pipes, &c., are being covered with the “Non-Conducter,” manufactured by a company in Norfolk, of which Capt. John C. Brain is President. All the different apartments have an air of comfort and elegance which is really charming, and when another coat of paint is added, the windows properly curtained and other little necessary touches placed upon her, which will be done without delay, the North State will be one of the handsomest steamers that floats upon the Cape Fear.

We congratulate the People’s Steamboat Company upon this new and beautiful accession to their line, and also Capt. Green, who has cause to feel proud of the noble and majestic craft that “Walks the waters like a thing of life.”

[Wilmington Star – June 8, 1870]

NOTE: The steamer “North State” is not the “Old North State.” Her boilers & engines were built at Pusey, Jones & Company in Wilmington, Delaware.

Company records.

THE STEAMER “ NORTH STATE ” returned from her trial trip and excursion to Wilmington last Friday, 10th inst., and all concerned were well pleased at her success. She carried a large freight to and from Wilmington also several passengers and excursionists. On Thursday the proprietors of the new boat gave a brilliant entertainment, when champagne #### and many good things were said and enjoyed.

The North State is not yet announced on a regular schedule, but we learn she is to make regular trips. She will carry freight and passengers.— Another boat is to be built for the People’s Line resigned for freight and then the North State can be a regular passenger boat with quicker trips.

The North State cost about $12,000, and displays as good workmanship and skill as any boat built at Fayetteville heretofore. Her furniture cost $950, and not yet complete. Fine walnut bureaus, tables, cup-boards, &c., with ornamental window lights, and fine carpeted saloons, mirrors, &c., fill the apartments of the upper deck, and impress you with an idea of comfort, luxury and splendor. The boat can carry 700 or 800 bbls. of naval stores or proportionate amount of other freight. The stockholders of the People’s Line are Capt. J T Green, W A. Whitehead & Co., A H Slocomb and A W Steele of Fayetteville; and F W Kerchner, Adrian & Vollers, Smith & Strauss of Wilmington. Some others may own small amount of stock.

[The Eagle – Thursday, June 16, 1870]

We learn from the EAGLE that the steamer which has been building in Fayetteville for the People’s Line and heretofore referred to by us, was launched last Tuesday evening. The new steamer is to be called THE CUMBERLAND, and to be run by Capt. Kinnon Phillips. This boat is 115 feet long, 20 feet wide in the hold, and 26 feet on lower deck, and can carry 800 barrels. The machinery is not yet put in, but is to be all new and of the best. The upper decks, rooms, etc., are not yet finished. It is expected all the work will be done in a month or less. Mr. A. G. Black, of Fayetteville, is the builder, and very well has he done his work. THE CUMBERLAND will be about same size, shape, capacity and accommodations as the NORTH STATE, and will carry freight and passengers. At present only the hull and unfinished decks and sides lie floating easily on the water.

[Wilmington Star – December 17, 1870 BRC]

Good Time on the Cumberland.

In accordance with an invitation extended by the People’s Steamboat Company, a large number of our citizens assembled on board the new steamer Cumberland, yesterday morning, to partake of a bountiful collation prepared for the occasion. The repast was of the most sumptuous character, being unstinted in quantity and quality, and was enjoyed to the fullest extent by those present. After ample justice had been done to the substantials, the fluids were circulated and the success of the beautiful boat and her enterprising owners was drank in foaming bumpers of champagne. The pleasure of the occasion was heightened by music from the band, which was stationed on the “hurricane deck” and played several beautiful airs. Every body seemed to be well pleased with the “feast of reason and flow of soul” in which they had participated and were evidently in the humor to wish “many happy returns.”

The Cumberland, with the excursionists on board, left for Fayetteville yesterday afternoon.

[Wilmington Star – March 25, 1871]

Steamer Cumberland

Steamer Cumberland

For the Star
The Cumberland – Excursion to Fayetteville.

Left Wilmington at 5 o’clock on Friday, and was accompanied up as far as Sugar Loaf by some of Wilmington’s fairest daughters; also some of the belles of Bladen; who “pitched in” and had a gay time generally. Danced at intervals all the way up, dancing the last set as we “tied up” at Fayetteville. Capt. Phillips is one of the best hands to conduct such an excursion that we have ever seen, himself participating in all the amusements of the day, and “tripping the light fantastic toe” as much so as the youngest of the crowd. He was certainly “the right man in the right place.” He was the subject of conversation b the people of Fayetteville Saturday and Sunday, for each and every one had to tell their families and friends what a nice time we had, and what an amiable and accommodating captain we had, &c. And now I can fully sanction one of the toasts of Mr. O. G. P., on the boat in Wilmington on Friday, viz: that the people of Fayetteville, whenever they come to Wilmington in the future, will always “Cum(by)berland,” under the immediate care of the affable Capt. Phillips.

The Cumberland is second to no boat on the river, either in speed, steadiness of movement or easiness of management, for she certainly rounds the points (and the Cape Fear is noted for its crookedness) better than any boat it has ever been our privilege to travel on in this river.

On our return trip we left Fayetteville at 8:30, and stopped at several landings and took in freight; but the most precious freight was that which we took in at Sugar Loaf – in the shape of the fair ladies (or a portion of them) whom we had left on our upward trip – all save one, who lives there and had gone up with us, and she, as the boat left, could only wave us an adieu with her handkerchief. She was what might be termed the “Bladen belle.” She has our best wishes.

[Wilmington Star – March 29, 1871]

— The new Steamer Cumberland made good time to-day. She left Fayetteville at 7 o’clock and reached her wharf in Wilmington at half past 5 o’clock, stopping one hour and 48 minutes on the way. Actual running time 8 hours and 52 minutes.

[Wilmington Star – March 31, 1871]

NOTE: See “Exodus of the Cumberland as Told by “W.“”

*See genealogical entry for Archibald & Margaret Black.

An Old Citizen Has His Skull Fearfully
Crushed by a Falling Block of Wood, &c.

Mr. A. G. Black, formerly of Fayetteville, but for the past two or three years an esteemed citizen of this place, met with a terrible accident yesterday morning, about 9.30 o’clock. It appears that Mr. Black, who was employed at Capt. Sam. Skinner’s marine railway, went to Wilson’s steam saw mill to get some large block, for use at the shipyard; and also to pay a bill which was due by Capt. Skinner to Mr. Wilson. He called at Mr. W.’s office, paid the bill and presented the order for the blocks, when he was told that they would be sent as soon as possible. He said he would go and pick some out that he wanted for immediate use, and left the office for that purpose. Mr. Wilson supposed he had gone out into the yard where the blocks were usually piled up, but instead of that it seems he went around the mill to a point where blocks were being thrown from an upper window, and where he was immediately after hit by one, which struck him bleeding and senseless to the ground, where he was shortly afterwards discovered. He was taken with all possible dispatch to his home, above the store on the northeast corner of Front and Dock streets, and surgical attention procured, when his condition was pronounced a very critical one, his skull being badly fractured on the right side, near the temple, and his entire right side being paralyzed. He remained totally unconscious and speechless during the day. The only wonder is that he was not killed instantly, as the block, which was thrown from a window about fifteen feet high, was about seven or eight feet in length and ten by ten in its other dimensions, weighing about two hundred pounds. The place where he received the terrible blow was an unfrequented one, except by those employed on the premises; hence no look-out was kept or fear entertained of a possible accident. A large number of the friends of the unfortunate man called to see him during yesterday, and the attentions upon him were unremitting.

At 12 o’clock last night Mr. Black was still alive, but his condition was unchanged.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Tuesday, May 30, 1882]

Death of Mr. A. G. Black.

After lingering speechless and unconscious since meeting with the terrible accident at the steam saw mill of Mr. A. Y. Wilson, in this city on Monday morning last, the particulars of which appeared in Tuesday’s STAR, Mr. Archie G. Black breathed his last yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock. Deceased came to this country from Scotland and worked in Wilmington for a number of years as a shipbuilder, having been the master builder in the construction of the North State, the Cumberland and other steamers running on the line between this city and Fayetteville. He removed to Fayetteville some time previous to the war where he resided until within the last two or three years, when he returned to Wilmington, and has been since employed at the marine railway of Capt. S. W. Skinner. He was a man of very industrious habits, of strict integrity and deep piety, being a consistent, useful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church. He leaves a large family to mourn their loss, but they are consoled with the reflection that he was prepared for the great change.

The remains will be taken to Fayetteville for interment, leaving on the steamer at 2 P. M. to-day.

[Wilmington Morning Star – June 2, 1882]

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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