07 Jun

THE STR. “GOVERNOR WORTH.”– This elegant and commodious steamer, built in Wilmington, Del., under the superintendence of Capt. A. P. Hurt, expressly for the Cape Fear reached here on Saturday afternoon. We have not had the pleasure of seeing the “Governor Worth” yet, but are informed that she is the most splendidly appointed Steamer that was ever on this River.

It has been told us that the Governor at Raleigh will be down to see his namesake, when it is said that there will be such an excursion as was never heard of before in these parts.

[The Fayetteville News – Tuesday, May 8, 1866]

July 4th Excursion to Smithville

Wilmington Star June 30, 1868

THE MOONLIGHT EXCURSION OF TUESDAY NIGHT.—All of the excursionists, without exception, acknowledge the excursion down the river, last Tuesday night, by the Dixie Pleasure Club, to have been one of the most pleasant affairs of the kind which has ever taken place in Wilmington. In spite of the threatening looks of the weather, and although a number of families are absent from the city, a large party had assembled on board the Worth by 9 o’clock, the hour appointed for starting. A few moments thereafter the last whistle sounded, the bell was rung, the Brass Band struck up its most inspiring music, and casting off her moorings, the steamer began her Journey. Soon after passing the Dram Tree, the dancing commenced, continuing with very little intermission until the return. The party proceeded as far as Fort Fisher, turning round in the river just opposite that point, about 11 ½ o’clock. The return trip was made in two and a half hours, the whole of the excursionists having probably reached home by 2 ½ o’clock. The refreshments on the occasion were served up by Mr. C. R. Banks in his usual elegant style.

The Gov. Worth is a fine steamer for such excursions, and parties desiring her will find her owners and her officers equally courteous and obliging.

[Wilmington Morning Star –  1868]

——   The gun carried to Fayetteville by our delegation is a beautiful little brass piece, mounted on a  a strong oaken carriage with iron wheels, and cast expressly for Capt. Jno. C. McIlhenny, at the foundry of the Wil. And Man. R. R. Co.  It bears neatly inscribed upon its breech its name “Brick Pomeroy, 1868,” and is intended for general use during the campaign.  It will make itself heard more than once and in this respect will equal its namesake.

[Wilmington Morning Star —  1868]

THE FAYETTEVILLE DELEGATION. — At 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, the larger portion of the New Hanover Delegation left on the steamer Gov. Worth for Fayetteville, where the District Convention meets. The steamer was gaily decked with Seymour and Blair flags, and a large one floating from the pole over the pilot house. — A fine band of music was in attendance, and patriotic airs were played to add to the enthusiasm, which was already very high. The delegates, visitors and the Howard Fire Company, which attends the Convention in a body by invitation, made in all about one hundred and fifty passengers. — The little gun ” Brick Pomeroy ” took quite a prominent position in the bow of the boat, with Capt. McIlhenny in command. Mr. Blossom had furnished several rockets from his Fire Works Manufactory in this city, which were discharged also as the Steamer got under way. Admiral Hunter of the Steamer Fairbanks honored the delegation with a salute from his port gun. – Old New Hanover, as usual, was well represented, and will maintain the position she has so long held as one of the leading counties in the glorious cause which the Democracy of the State has espoused. — Active preparations have been made in Fayetteville for the reception of the visitors, and we feel assured that all parties will return gratified with their trip, and strengthened in their determination to succeed in the coming election. Two other steamers left in the forenoon, but were lightly loaded, as they propose to pick up such delegates as might wish to go from different points along the river. Three cheers and ” a tiger, ” given with a hearty good will, were raised for the delegation as the boat left her wharf.

[Wilmington Daily Journal —  Wednesday, September 9, 1868]

Wilmington Star July 2, 1869

Wilmington Star July 2, 1869

Wilmington Star - September 11, 1869

Wilmington Star – September 11, 1869


Anderson & Young vs CFSCo.

Case regarding barn burned as result of sparks from passing steamer Gov. Worth, Capt. A. P. Hurt in command in 1867. Neglience. Tried before Judge Daniel L. Russell in New Hanover Court, during special December 1869 term.

Interesting notes regarding fire safety from sparks leaving the boiler smokestack.

Case found in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $5,000. *This would have been around the time that the Gov. Worth was sold or leased to Erwin & Charles S. Hardee of Savannah, GA to run from there to the Altamaha. The following year, Capt. A. H. Worth took the Gov. Worth up the Savannah river to Augusta, GA.

[NC Reports – Cases argues in the Supreme Court of North Carolina – Cases January & June 1870]

THE STEAMER GOVERNOR WORTH is not just now engaged in the river shipping.  This elegant boat, the largest on our river, has been at our wharf some time undergoing slight repairs, painting, &c.  The boat belongs to the Cape Fear Company, and we learn negotiations are pending to sell or lease it to parties for use between Savannah and Florida.  Terms are not yet confirmed, but is very probably that in a month the Gov. Worth will be transferred to the inland trade along the coast of Georgia and Florida.  The boat, fixtures, furniture, &c., cost $40,000, some four years ago when prices were higher than now.  $30,000 might be fair value for this boat now, after 4 years use, though all the machinery, materials, &c., is no doubt as good as new. —  Well made boats built at the North with best material and workmanship, like the Gov. Worth, last 20 years or more.  Boats built here at half this expense but seldom last half as long.

[The Eagle – Thursday, October 6, 1870]

Wilmington Star - September 12, 1871

Wilmington Star – September 12, 1871

A new steamer arrived here yesterday morning from Savannah, and created some little excitement among the river men and boat men.  The steamer, called Governor Worth, is a brand new vessel.  She is a small craft well adapted to the shallow stream of the Savannah.  It is beautifully made, and seems to be stout and serviceable.  We understand that she will ply regularly between this port, and the village (sic) of Savannah during the fall and winter.

[Daily Chronicle & Sentinel  — Augusta, GA —  October 17, 1871]

To Merchants and Shippers of Cotton:

The light draught Iron Steamer Governor Worth, Capt. Worth commanding, will run in connection with the steamer Rosa, Capt. Philpot, leaving this city every Tuesday morning at 6 o’clock, and Savannah every Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  The steamer Rosa will leave Augusta every Saturday morning at 6 o’clock: Savannah every Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock.  Merchants will please bear in mind that goods from New York by steamships Gen. Barnes and H. Livingstone, marked to our care, are forwarded free of drayage.

(Signed) – W. J. OWENS, Agent

Augusta, Ga.

[Daily Chronicle & Sentinel  — Augusta, GA —  October 18, 1871]

THE CAPE FEAR RIVER is still high, though the freshet has abated.  ‘four boats, The Wave, North State, Governor Worth and Cumberland, have been up to Averasboro, 26 miles above here, and have brought down all the produce and naval stores ready for shipment in that section.  An immense quantity of rosin is thus thrown into market that has been awaiting shipment.  We still hear of much loss from timber floating away.  Persons from here have gone down the river to tide water region and near Wilmington to gather saw timber that has floated off.  There is said to be much profit very often in recovering rafts and parts of rafts of timber that thus get scattered along the banks and swamps in the low country.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, N. C. – Thursday, February 22, 1872]

The steamer Gov. Worth has been repaired, and resumed to-day regular trips on the river.  Comfortable berth room is afforded for 36 passengers.—The Gov. Worth is to carry U. S. mail in place of the Hurt which is now undergoing thorough repairs.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, N. C. – Thursday, March 28, 1872]

The Cape Fear.

When the Governor Worth left Fayetteville on Friday last the water had fallen at that point about twenty feet, and was still falling.  Boatmen, however, feel no apprehension of further difficulty on account of the want of water during the season, as it is now about eight feet higher than during the summer months.

During her last trip the Worth went as high up the river as McNeill’s Landing, after freight; and could have gone considerably further if it had been necessary.  People in that direction only ship their produce once or twice a year, as the water is generally so low that boats cannot go beyond Fayetteville even when they reach that point.

[Wilmington Star – January 14, 1873]


We learn from Capt. D. M. McDonald that this elegant and commodious river steamer is at the wharf for repairs.  Captain McDonald says that a new deck will be made for the Worth and that she will be thoroughly painted  This work will consume several weeks

[The Statesman — Fayetteville, NC —  April 12, 1873]

The Steamer Governor Worth.

We learn that the steamer Governor Worth, now at Fayetteville for repairs, is being thoroughly overhauled and remodeled, with the view of adapting her to the purpose of excursions on the river; not with the intention, however, of course, of confining her to that business altogether.  She will be furnished with new beams from stem to stern, new upper works, and new wheels, the latter to be constructed so as to give them about eight inches more dip than those now in use, with the view of increasing her capacity for speed.  The steamer Juniper will take up a lot of lumber to-day, to be used in the work of reconstruction, and when the Worth again makes her appearance in our waters, which will probably be about the 1st of July, at the furthest, we may expect to see a wonderful improvement in her appearance, as well as in her adaptability to the purpose for which she will be in part used—that is, excursions.

[Wilmington Morning Star – May 15, 1874]

An Old Acquaintance in a New Dress.

The steamer Governor Worth, after a long absence from our waters, put in her appearance again yesterday so greatly transformed by the hands of the carpenter and painter that it was difficult to realize that it was the same boat.  She will take the place of the A. P. Hurt for the present, which will be laid up for repairs, and will be commanded by Capt. A. H. Worth, of the latter steamer.  She is not yet quite ready, but will be in a few days, to commence her regular trips on the river.

[Wilmington Star – November 25, 1874]


Accidental Drowning.

A colored man by the name of Daniel LaGrand, aged 23 years, was accidentally drowned off a flat some 15 miles above this city, on the Cape Fear River, on Thursday about 12 o’clock.  There were only two men on the flat at the time, and his companion says that Daniel had struck his pole against a log and was bearing his whole weight upon it in pushing when it suddenly slipped, sinking into the deep water with such rapidity that the unfortunate man could not recover himself and plunged face downwards into the river.  His companion further states that he never rose to the surface, as he watched intently for his reappearance but never saw him any more.  The two were engaged in freighting crossties from a point some twenty miles up the river and were on the upward trip at the time of the accident occurred.

Deceased, who had sustained a good character in the community, was the only brother of Lewis LaGrand, the well known porter in the establishment of Messrs. Cronly & Morris, and lived with him on Second, between Wright and Dawson streets.  Six men went up yesterday on the steamer Governor Worth with the necessary appliances for dragging for the body.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Saturday, June 3, 1876]

BAPTIST PICNIC.— The Baptist Sunday School and invited guests made an excursion down the Cape Fear yesterday, halting at Cedar Creek and taking dinner in picnic style.  The fine steamer Worth, with its best of Captains for all sorts of trips—Captain A. H. Worth—was engaged for the excursion.  The crowd reached home late in the day, voting the holiday in every respect delightful and full of pleasure.

We attended the picnic by the cordial invitation of the managers, and were delighted with all the enjoyment and pleasures of the day.  We never saw happier, more gleeful crowd; and at Cedar Creek the dinner set out is beyond our powers of description, but those who watched as while we helped the rest of the 256 to clear off the table will bear witness to our powers of appreciation.

[North Carolina Gazette – Fayetteville – June 8, 1876]

MAN DROWNED.—A negro boy named Daniel LeGrand was drowned on the 8th inst., about 15 miles above Wilmington, by falling from a flat.  Another negro named Abram Fulton, who was with him on the raft, was arrested on suspicion of having been concerned in his death.

[North Carolina Gazette – Fayetteville – June 15, 1876]

Steamboat Notice.



ers of the CAPE FEAR AND PEOPLE’S STEAMBOAT COMPANY will leave their wharves as follows:

GOVERNOR WORTH will leave Fayetteville Mondays and Thursdays at 7 o’clock a. m., and Wilmington Tuesday’s and Fridays at 2 o’clock p. m.

NORTH STATE will leave Fayetteville Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 o’clock a. m., and Wilmington Thursdays and Mondays at 2 o’clock p. m.

J. A. WORTH, Agent.

[Fayetteville Examiner – Thursday, October 14, 1880]




—  Messrs. Worth & Worth are in receipt of a telegram from Fayetteville announcing that the steamer Governor Worth was snagged and sunk at Council’s Bluff, about thirty miles this side of Fayetteville, on Wednesday morning last, while on her upward trip.  A messenger was forthwith sent to Fayetteville to report the disaster, when the steamer A. P. Hurt was dispatched to the assistance of the unlucky steamer.  Steam pumps will also be sent up from Wilmington to aid in raising her, which will not be a very difficult matter unless the thaw now going on among the snow and ice in the upper Cape Fear should precipitate a heavy freshet upon her before she has been brought to the surface.  The cargo, which was a light one, was all saved.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, January 7, 1881]

—  The latest news received in regard to the Steamer Governor Worth is to the effect that she is now completely under water, owing to the freshet, in the river, and that it has been decided not to attempt anything towards raising her until the water subsides.  She struck on the snag about five o’clock Wednesday morning, or about an hour before day, and ran a mile or so after the accident before it was discovered that she was leaking so badly, it being a very common occurrence for the steamer to strike on such obstructions without damage.  All the furniture and fixtures were saved.  The boat is well secured and no apprehension is felt that she will sustain any injury from the freshet.


—  A telegram was received by Messrs. Worth & Worth, yesterday morning, to the effect that there had been a rise of about twenty-five feet in the Cape Fear, caused by the great thaw of ice and snow going on up the river, and that the water was still rising.

—  We learn that the steamer A. P. Hurt was under pretty good control when she arrived here yesterday morning, with not the slightest chance of her “cutting up any capers” to hurt, there being no less than five steamboat captains on board to keep her straight, to-wit:  Green, Worth, Garrason, Thornton and Watson.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Saturday, January 8, 1881]

— The latest news received in regard to the Steamer Governor Worth is to the effect that she is now completely under water, owing to the freshet in the river, and that it has been decided not to attempt anything towards raising her until the water subsides.   She struck on the snag about five o’clock Wednesday morning, or about an hour before day, and ran a mile or so after the accident before it was discovered that she was leaking so badly, it being a very common occurrence for the steamer to strike on such obstructions without damage.  All the furniture and fixtures were saved.  The boat is well secured and no apprehension is felt that she will sustain any injury from the freshet.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – January 14, 1881]



— Several pieces of the upper works of the steamer Gov. Worth, sunk at Council’s Bluff, about thirty miles this side of Fayetteville, were picked up in the neighborhood of the ferry, on the west side of the river, having been brought all that distance by the freshet now prevailing in the river.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, January 14, 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]

–Through the efforts of Capt. Skinner and his associates the Steamer Governor Worth, which was snagged and sunk up the Cape Fear River, near Council’s Bluff, about thirty miles this side of Fayetteville, on the 5th of January last, has been finally raised to the surface, and is expected here for repairs in the course of a few days.

[Wilmington Star – April 8, 1881]

–The steamer Gov. Worth, which was snagged and sunk a short distance above Council’s Bluff, between twenty and thirty miles this side of Fayetteville, on the 5th of January last, while on her upward trip, and which was raised a few days since under the superintendence of Capt. Skinner, arrived here on Sunday last, between 12 and 1 o’clock, and was tied up at Messrs. Worth & Worth’s wharf.  The hull and machinery of the steamer seem to be but slightly damaged, but the upper works have been battered and broken up very badly, and present quite a demoralized appearance.  Some of the pipes are also bent to some extent.  The hole snagged in her bottom, and which caused her to sink, is only about eight or ten inches square, and is located near the bows.  After she was gotten up the leak was stopped as nearly as possible, when she steamed down to Wilmington without any assistance.  She was expected to go on Capt. Skinner’s railway yesterday.  The damage is estimated at $6,000.

[Wilmington Star – April 15, 1881]

–The work of rebuilding the river steamer Governor Worth is progressing under the supervision of Capt. Sam’l Skinner, at his ship-yard in this city.  Her upper works will be entirely remodeled, and the space between decks increased to thirteen and a half feet, which will largely increase her stowage capacity for cotton.

[Wilmington Star – June 3, 1881]


— The repairs to the steamer Gov. Worth, which sunk in the Cape Fear some months ago, have been completed, and she is now only awaiting a sufficiency of water in the river to resume her regular trips.  The work was done under the supervision of Capt. Sam. Skinner.

[Wilmington Star – July 19, 1881]

Sudden death of Capt. A. P. Hurt.

A private letter was received here yesterday announcing the sad intelligence of the death of Capt. A. P. Hurt, which took place suddenly in Fayetteville on Friday.  It appears that he retired to his room in the Fayetteville Hotel about 12 o’clock, requesting to be called to dinner, and when a servant was sent to arouse him it was found that he was cold in death.  Deceased was between 60 and 70 years of age.

Capt. Hurt came here from Virginia about 1851 or 1852, and superintended the building of the steamers A. P. Hurt, which was named for him; the Governor Worth, the Flora McDonald, and other steamers.  For many years he was a favorite captain on the river, known and respected by everybody who frequented the Cape Fear, and left the river about ten years ago, having achieved a moderate competency, since which time he has been engaged in merchandizing.  Deceased lost his wife many years ago, and leaves no immediate descendants; but a large circle of attached friends mourn the departure from among them of one who held a high place in their affection.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Sunday, June 10, 1883]


— The steamer Governor Worth, which is hereafter to run on the St. John’s River, Florida, as stated by us a few days ago, was cleared at the Custom House yesterday and will leave for her destination to-day or to-morrow, in charge of Capt. Thos. R. Payne.  It is like losing an old friend, the “Governor” has been so long on our river.

[Wilmington Star – April 10, 1884]

Wilmington Star - April 23, 1886

Wilmington Star – April 23, 1886


The Cape Fear River Steamers

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