The WAVE – Part II

03 May


—  Frank Williston, colored, of Fayetteville, who arrived here from Elizabethtown yesterday morning, reports that he left the steamers D. Murchison and A. P. Hurt at Morehead shoals, five miles above Elizabethtown, on Wednesday, trying to pull over, the former making her way up and the latter down.  He went across the country to Abbottsburg, and there took the train for Wilmington.  Up to the time he left Elizabethtown not a drop of the recent rains, so abundant here, had fallen there or anywhere in the vicinity.  The steamer North State, which left here for Fayetteville Tuesday, cracked her cylinder head near Elizabethtown, and will, we learn, return to the city for repairs.  No tidings of the Wave, which left Fayetteville for this place Monday.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, July 2, 1880]




boat Company will run as follows from this date until further notice.

Steamer D. MURCHISON, Capt. Alonzo Garrason, will leave Fayetteville every Tuesday and Friday at 7 o’clock A. M., and Wilmington every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 o’clock P.M.

Steamer WAVE, Capt. W. A. Robeson, will leave Fayetteville on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 o’clock A. M., and Wilmington Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 o’clock P. M. connecting with the Western Railroad at Fayetteville on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Agents at Fayetteville, N. C.

[Fayetteville Examiner – Thursday, October 14, 1880]


—  A flat loaded with cotton, which was in tow of the steamer D. Murchison, ran on a snag near Kelley’s Cove, about fifty miles up the Cape Fear river, on Sunday afternoon last, and sunk.  The steamer A. P. Hurt, which arrived here on Sunday, left that night about 12 o’clock to render assistance in recovering the cotton, and the steamer Wave, which arrived here yesterday morning, at 4 o’clock, left with the same purpose in view early in the forenoon.  The steamer was bound for this city, and the flat had on it about 300 bales of cotton, the damage to which will probably not be material.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Tuesday, November 9, 1880]


—  The cotton which was sunk by the snagging of a flat at Kelley’s Cove, while in tow of the steamer D. Murchison, on Monday last, has been brought to this city by the steamers Wave, A. P. Hurt and Murchison.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday, November 10, 1880]

Snow at Fayetteville.

The steamer Wave reports three or four inches of snow at Fayetteville on Wednesday and Wednesday night.  Some of the young people enjoyed themselves at sleigh riding to a limited extent, but the under crust was not of sufficient strength and durableness to render the sport altogether as pleasant as it might have been.  The Wave brought quite a layer of snow on her upper deck, and appreciating the scarcity of the article in these parts, it was obligingly dumped upon the wharf, so that Wilmingtonians might luxuriate in the possession of imported snow.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Saturday, January 1, 1881]

— Capt. Robeson, of the steamer Wave, reports the river rising pretty rapidly, under the influence of late rains, with about twelve or fourteen feet of water now on the shoals.  In consequence of the breakage of one of the heavy cross-beams of the steamer Governor Worth, to which a chain was attached and an attempt being made to get her up, she settled back to her old position in the river, and operations are now again temporarily retarded by the light freshet.

[Wilmington Star – March 22, 1881]





The Steamer D. MURCHISON, Capt. Jerry H. Roberts, will leave Fayetteville every Tuesday and Friday at 7 o’clock A. M. and Wilmington every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 o’clock P. M.

The Steamer WAVE, Capt. Wm. A. Robeson, will leave Fayetteville 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 Examiner – March 24, 1881]

— The steamer D. Murchison, Capt. Jerry Roberts, put in her appearance here yesterday, after an absence of about two weeks, in an entirely new and handsome summer suit, having in that time been thoroughly overhauled, repainted, etc.  For a short time she will have as much as she can attend to, as the Wave will go on the ways on her arrival here to have her bottom examined, and undergo whatever repairs may be necessary.

[? – July 21, 1881]

— Capt. W. A. Robeson, for many years the popular commander of the Wave, has bought that fine steamer from the Express Steamboat Company, and will hereafter run her on his own account.  Messrs. G. W. Williams & Co. will be the Wilmington agents.  “Sandy” is one of the “institutions” of the Cape Fear river, and he has the best wishes of a host of friends.  Long may he Wave.

[? – January 6, 1882]

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 North State, Capt. Green, arrived yesterday from the “Cypress,” having there exchanged cargoes with the steamer A. P. Hurt.  The Wave is on the other side of the shoals.

[Wilmington Star – July 28, 1883]

A Flat Loaded with Steel Rails Sinks.

The steamer Wave, which left for Fayetteville yesterday afternoon, about half past 3 o’clock, returned no long afterwards with the information that one of her lighters, loaded with steel rails for the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad, had struck a snag just above Point Peter and sunk.  We suppose measures will be taken at once to recover the rails, which are probably not in very deep water.

[Wilmington Star – November 13, 1883]

Express Steamboat Line!

Freight and Passenger Rates Reduced!

[steamboat image]

THE IRON STEAMER “WAVE,” WITH SUPErior Passenger Accommodations.

Leaves Wilmington Mondays and Thursdays at 2 o’clock P. M.

Leaves Fayetteville Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 A. M.

The IRON STEAMER “D. MURCHISON,” First Class in all her appointments, and having been recently overhauled.

Leaves Wilmington Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 P. M.

Leaves Fayetteville Tuesdays and  Fridays at 7 A. M.

Elegant Passenger Accommodations.  Through Cabin Passage, including Berth and Meals, $3.00.


Agents, Wilmington,


[Wilmington Star – January 11, 1884]

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