05 May


FRIDAY, May 27.

—  We learn that the North State, the new steamer for the Peoples’ Line, is expected to commence her regular trips on the river in a few days.  Her boiler is now undergoing the process of covering with Captain Brain’s Non-Conductor.  Capt. T. J. Green, formerly of the North Carolina, Lee and Murchison, will, we understand, take command of the North State.

[Wilmington Star – May 28, 1870]

NOTES:  The steamer North State was one of the Cape Fear river boats which was built by Archibald G. Black, Master Carpenter, at Fayetteville, NC.


Change of Schedule.

ON and after the 2d of September the Steamer North State will leave her wharf at Fayetteville at 7:30 A. M. Tuesdays and Fridays.

J. B. STARR, Ag’t.

[The Eagle – Weekly – Thursday, September 29, 1870]

At a meeting of the People’s Steamboat Company, held at their office in this city, Mr. F. W. Kerchner was elected President, and Messrs. H. Vollers, T. H. McKoy, A. H. Slocomb and F. W. Kerchner, Directors, and A. Johnson, Jr., Secretary and Treasurer.

This Company will have the elegant and commodious steamer CUMBERLAND, now building in Fayetteville, on the line by the 20th of the present month.

[Wilmington Star – February 1, 1871 BRC]

THE PEOPLE’S STEAMBOAT COMPANY.—At a meeting of the People’s Steamboat Co., held at their office in Wilmington, Mr. F. W. Kerchner was elected President, and Messrs. H. Vollers, T. H. McKoy, A. H. Slocomb and F. W. Kerchner, Directors, and A Johnson Jr., Secretary and Treasurer.

[The Eagle – Thursday, February 9, 1871]

CAPT. GEO. II. ELLIOTT, U. S. Engineers Corps, who has been assigned the duty of the survey of the Cape Fear river, left yesterday afternoon on the steamer North State, for Fayetteville, from whence he will proceed to Haywood, in Chatham county, at the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers,, the two tributaries of the Cape Fear.  The survey will be begun in a few days, and as soon as the necessary means can be provided.

Wil. Journal.

Capt. Elliott was in this town Tuesday on his return from Chatham.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, N. C. – Thursday, May 11, 1871]


—  The steamer Hurt, Capt. Skinner, arrived here from Fayetteville Thursday night, having left that place on Monday.  She passed the steamers Murchison, Juniper, Cumberland and North State all aground on Morehead Shoals, 37 miles this side of Fayetteville.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Sturday, October 7, 1871]

BODY DISCOVERED.—The body of Dennis Gill, the colored boat hand who was drowned off the Steamer North State on the 30th ult., about 12 miles below Fayetteville, was discovered a few days since, by passengers on the same boat, tied to a bush on what would be the banks of the river were they not overflowed to such an extent.  It is supposed that the body was found by some person passing in a canoe and tied there until some one should appear to perform the rites of burial.  The boat would have been stopped and the body buried at the time we allude to, but there was no possibility of landing on account of the flood.

Wilmington Star.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – May 20, 1873]

The Cape Fear River is getting very low, but the boats continue to make their regular trips.


STEAMBOAT ACCIDENT.—On up trip of the steamer “Cumberland,” of the Cape Fear and People’s line, Sunday morning, when within, about 16 miles of Fayetteville, she broke her shaft, which rendered her unable to travel, and she is now anchored near where the accident occurred.  The “North State” will tow her up to-day.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – Thursday, June 24, 1873]


On Monday morning last, as the steamer “North State” was lying at the yard of Messrs. Williard Brothers, opposite this city, she caught on fire somewhere in the engine room, and the flames leaped up several feet above the deck.  Fortunately the fire was discovered in time and extinguished.

[?? – August 13, 1873]
{Unknown Original Source – Bill Reaves Collection

—The steamer D. Murchison is to be laid up for repairs the coming week, and the steamer North State will take her place on the river.

[Wilmington Star – April 12, 1874]

“ NORTH STATE.” —  Mr. J. A. Worth, Agent of the Cape Fear Steamboat Company, invited us last Saturday to make a visit to the Steamer “ North State,” recently overhauled and refitted, and a small party of us were carried on a trial trip down the river.  The steamer runs well, as she made on that occasion six miles in 28 minutes.  The “ North State” is very comfortably furnished, her ladies’ cabin tastefully fitted up, and with her kind and efficient master, Capt. Green, she will be one of the pleasantest boats on the river.  She now takes the place of the “ Hurt,” which rests for a while for repainting, &c.


Steamboat Notice.

ON and after the 16th February instant the agents of the Cape Fear and People’s Steamboat Company at Fayetteville and Wilmington are instructed not to deliver any goods until the freight and charges on the same are paid.

By order of the Directors.


Pres’t C. F. & P. Steamboat Co.



ON and after MONDAY 6th of April the boats of the Cape Fear Steamboat Co.’ Line will leave their Wharves at Fayetteville, at 7 A. M., instead of 8 A. M., as heretofore.

J. A. WORTH, Agent.

[North Carolina Gazette – First Edition – April 23, 1874]

SERIOUS COLLISION.—The steamer North State collided with a vessel being towed by the Waccamaw, near Wilmington a few days since, and had her upper work badly smashed.  We regret to learn, too, that Capt. Green was painfully injured during the collision.

[North Carolina Gazette – Fayetteville – January 4, 1877]

—  The steamer A. P. Hurt has temporarily taken the place of the steamer North State, running between Wilmington and Fayetteville.

[Wilmington Star – January 6, 1877]


The steamer NORTH STATE took a party of ladies and gentlemen down the river last evening, starting about a quarter to 6 o’clock, with the view of giving them an excursion by moonlight.  The Cornet Concert Club was along to furnish the music for the occasion.  It was doubtless a delightful trip.

[Wilmington Star – May 29, 1877 BRC]

RIVER EXCURSION.–  There was a very pleasant excursion down the river last Friday on Captain Green’s steamer, the North State.  The picnic was complimentary by Miss Fannie Green to Misses Maggie and Mamie Johnson, of Wilmington, and was very much enjoyed by all, the dancing being pleasant and the return trip to the wharf delightful.

[North Carolina Gazette – June 28, 1877]

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT. – The steamer North State left her wharf last Saturday morning at the regular hour, and while on her way to Wilmington Capt. Green was shot under the following circumstances:  A New York salesman, a Mr. Strauss, was examining his pistol when it was accidentally discharged, the ball passing through a wooden partition, a pair of pantaloons hanging against the wall, and lodging about an inch and a quarter in the fleshy part of Capt. Green’s leg, who happened to have his feet up on a table at the time.

The North State was turned around and Capt. Green brought home, where an examination proved the wound to be not dangerous, though it has caused him a great deal of pain.

[North Carolina Gazette – March 7, 1878]

An Accidental Shooting – Wounding
of Capt. Green, of the Steamer
North State – A Narrow Escape, &c.

Capt. T. J. Green, of the steamer North State, met with quite a serious accident on Saturday morning last about 10 o’clock.  The boat left Fayetteville for this place that morning, and had proceeded about fourteen miles in this direction, when one of the passengers, a drummer, took out a common brass-mounted pistol, the barrels of which would not revolve to suit him and was examining it, when suddenly the weapon exploded, the ball going through a partition which intervened between himself and the Captain’s office, which is located in the bow of the boat, also passing through the legs of two pairs of pants which were hanging up in the room, and entered the fleshy part of the thigh of Capt. Green, who, at the moment, was sitting in a chair with his feet upon a table.  Capt. G. immediately cried out that he was shot, and parties on board rushed to his assistance{.}  The boat was then turned back and steamed with all haste to Fayetteville, where the wounded man could receive the necessary medical aid.  The physician announced that the wound was not necessarily dangerous, though the ball had passed within about an eighth of an inch of an important artery, and that he had therefore made a narrow escape.  The ball penetrated the flesh about two inches, and at last accounts had not been extracted, owing to its close proximity to the artery referred to.  The patient, however, was doing as well as could be reasonably expected under the circumstances.  The misfortune is more to be regretted from the fact that Capt. Green has on more than one occasion previous to this been the victim of an accident of a serious nature.

The party who was the innocent cause of the accident appeared to regret the occurrence very much.  He said he was not aware that there was a room or office located forward of the partition toward which he had the pistol pointed when it exploded.

The steamer again left Fayetteville for this place at 3 p. m. on Saturday.

[Wilmington Star – March 8, 1878]

—  The steamer North State, after an absence at Fayetteville for several weeks, where she has been undergoing pretty thorough repairs, repainting, &c., arrived yesterday morning resplendent in her new attire, and making a fine appearance.

[Wilmington Star – July 9, 1878]


—  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]

=-  Capt. Green, of the steamer North State, reports only twenty inches of water on the shoals at what is known at “The Cypress,” and says the water has not been so low before since 1866.  No rain of consequence has fallen up the river recently.

[Wilmington Star – October 7, 1880]

Accidentally Drowned.

At Whitehall, on the night of Tuesday, the 18th inst., between 1 and 2 o’clock, Walter Dobbin, about 18 years of age and a son of Monroe Dobbin, colored, in attempting to step from a flat to the steamer North State, with a torch-light in his hand, missed his footing, fell overboard between the boat and the flat, and was drowned.  Search was made for the body, but at last accounts it had not been recovered.

[Wilmington Star – July 21, 1882]

—  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]

—  The steamer North State, Capt. Green, arrived here yesterday, being the first Fayetteville boat here in several days.  Capt. Green has had word from Capt. Worth, of the steamer A. P. Hurt, not to leave Wilmington again until he hears from him at Fayetteville.  In the meantime, however, the North State will make a trip to “The Cypress” with a quantity of freight for that place, intermediate points, and Waddell’s Ferry and Elizabethtown.  The freight for “The Cypress.” For Waddell’s Ferry, seven miles above, and for Elizabethtown, ten or twelve miles above, will be left at “The Cypress” and the persons notified by letter from the agents here to call and get their goods.  The river was still falling at last account.

[Wilmington Star – August 4, 1883 BRC]

— Capt. Thomas J. Green, so long in command of the North State, is now performing the same functions on the steamer Bladen, while Capt. Irving Robinson has assumed the command of the North State.  They are both familiar with the devious windings and uncertain tide of the coquetish Cape Fear and know how to handle a steamboat under any and all circumstances.

[Wilmington Star – January 18, 1884]

—  The river is still quite high, but the water is gradually falling.  On Monday of last week the steamer North State took five hundred bags of guano from the Navassa Guano Works at this place to Red Rock, some twelve or fourteen miles above the bridge at Fayetteville, and on Friday the steamer A. P. Hurt took five hundred more bags for the same destination.

[Wilmington Star – February 1, 1884]

Sale of a River Steamer.

The steamer North State has been purchased from Messrs. Worth & Worth by some parties in Georgia to run on the Altamaha and tributary rivers.  She will be commanded by Capt. R. P. Paddison, who owns an interest in her.  The North State has been long and favorably known as one of the most popular and successful boats on the river.  She will leave for her destination about the latter part of the week.  Capt. Paddison contemplates making no change in his boat on the Black river at present, and will not remove his family to Georgia.  We are glad to know that we are not likely to lose Capt. Paddison permanently.

[Wilmington Star – February 15, 1884]

—  We learn that the steamer North State, Capt. Paddison, on her way from this port to Georgia, put in at Calabash, N. C., about two miles and a half this side of Little River, S. C., for a harbor from the gale on Saturday morning last.

[Wilmington Star – February 26, 1884]

—  Capt. R. P. Paddison, who left here some weeks ago on the steamer North State, for Georgia, after making a stormy and eventful trip, but going through without the slightest mishap, and making one trip, has returned home for a brief season on a visit to his family.  He expects to return to Georgia next week.  The North State is to run up the Altamaha river to the junction of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers; up the Oconee river to Mt. Vernon and up the Ocmulgee to Abbeyville, making a distance of about three hundred miles.  Doctortown is the terminus on the Altamaha river, and here the freight is transferred to the Savannah, Florida & Western Railroad.  Capt. Paddison informs us that he has met with good success so far and the prospect ahead is very encouraging.  He expected to leave for Point Cawell last evening.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – March 28, 1884]

Commercial Statistics

In 1885 the following-named steam-boats were employed upon this river (Oconee):

Laurens – 180 tons, Wadley – 190 tons, Ida – 250 tons, Mary Cooper – 150 tons, and North State – 150 tons.

Commercial Statistics

In 1885, the following named steam-boats were employed in the navigation of the river (Ocmulgee):  Ida Colville, Mary Jeter, Wadley, Mary Cooper, North State, and Cumberland.

[ 1887 Annual Report of the Secretary of War – Volume II Part 2 by United States War Dept ]

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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