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Captain Samuel W. Skinner – Part I

20 Jun

Samuel Wallace Skinner, born on the 19th January, 1837,  was the son of Samuel and Martha Skinner of Richmond, Virginia.  His father, Capt. Samuel Skinner, was a steamboat captain.  Capt. Thomas Skinner, of Richmond, the brother of Capt. Samuel Skinner (Sr.) was the father of William Wallace Skinner, who also became a well-known Cape Fear river boat captain.

A. J. Erambert ad of February 22, 1844 in the NC Observer.

A. J. Erambert ad of February 22, 1844 in the NC Observer.

Augustus J. and Martha Erambert, of Fayetteville, had four children.  The oldest, Virginia, then Louis, Emily and Martha Ann (who died when  only 8 months old).  A. J. Erambert moved his family to Wilmington, North Carolina sometime after Martha Ann was born, and before the 1850 US Census.

Emily J. Erambert, when only 17 years old, married Capt. James Archibald Wilkinson, the 24 year old son of the widow, Ann McKenzie Wilkinson.  They were married on the 22nd of December, 1852 in Wilmington.  A month later, Mrs. Emily Wilkinson celebrated her 18th birthday and six days later, her young husband slipped from his boat Southerner, into the frigid Cape Fear river.  His body was not discovered for almost two months.

Miss Virginia Erambert married Archibald M. Carter on the 10th of  February, 1856.  Ten days later, Sarah Frances “Sallie” Skinner, married Virginia’s & Emily’s brother, Louis, on February 22nd.  Sallie Skinner Erambert was born on the 8th of April, 1833.  She was Capt. Samuel W. Skinner’s older sister.

Captain Samuel W. Skinner married the widow, Mrs. Emily J. Wilkinson on May 21st, 1857.

{Capt. Samuel Skinner, S. W. Skinner’s father.}

Notice.

–The creditors of the estate of the late Capt Samuel Skinner are requested to present their accounts, duly authenticated, to A. H. Sands, at the office of Howard & Sands. “Goddin’s Hall,” Bank st. no 21–ced4t.

[The Daily Dispatch: November 24, 1860.]

NOTE:  I see that there is a Samuel Skinner d. 8/30/1860 that is buried in Section O, Lot 7 of Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA.  Martha Skinner d. 10/16/1888 is buried in Section O, Lot 8 (next to each other).  *I think I have read online the obituary of the elder Capt. Sam Skinner.  I may have it posted somewhere, but just can’t find it myself today;-).

Robbing a House.

–The house of Mr. Samuel Skinner, on 29th street, Church Hill, was broken open a few nights since, and all his preserves were taken, besides a quantity of clothing belonging to a white domestic. No clue to the robbers was obtained.

[The Daily Dispatch: April 8, 1861] 

Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood, was a noted Wilmington, NC physician and amateur botanist.  Before joining the Confederacy, as a young man, Wood had worked for Louis B. Erambert in Erambert’s recently established pharmacy.  Wood would later write about his experiences in the pharmacy, and his time at the “front lines,” as he started to write his Civil War recollections.

Writing of his time at the front, about the time of  The Seven Days Battle Before Richmond, Wood recounted,

We saw Jackson coming in towards Mechanicsville as we were going into battle. The next day he appeared upon McClellan’s flank and the works in front of us were evacuated. The next day I was decidedly unwell, but there were many others who were on the complaining list, and I did not want to be considered a coward. But at least I submitted my case to the doctor and he gave me a pass to the rear and I made my way to Richmond. I could have gone further but I was so weak that I thought there were signs of fever coming on and I sought the house of Capt. Sam. W. Skinner who then lived on Church Hill. He was a brother-in-law of Louis Erambert, and treated me very kindly. He sent for his family physician, Dr. Knox, who had me under treatment for several days. All day and all night we could see and hear in Richmond the signs of the raging battle. I was sick about two or three weeks,…”

About the time that T. F. Wood was stationed in the surgical unit above Richmond, the residents of Wilmington, NC were experiencing a severe Typhoid epidemic.  It is probably because of this epidemic that Louis Erambert moved his family, his pregnant wife, Sallie, and two young sons, Louis P. and Samuel S. to Fayetteville, NC.  It was there that their third child, Annie, was born on July 16, 1862.

Ironically, Louis Erambert died of Yellow fever in September, 1862.

NOTE:  It was reported that Capt. S. W. Skinner set a speed record aboard the steamer A. P. Hurt in 1863.

THE STEAMER HURT.—This favorite steamer, commanded by that prince of steamboatmen, S. W. Skinner, moved gaily up to her wharf, last evening, with a heavy freight and full passenger list.  An unusually large number of ladies graced her decks, and made the air resonant with their joyous laugh.

It was  a nice place to be, last evening—down near the steamer “Hurt.”  Captain, literally, “had his hands full,” for several minutes; for, with his usual gallantry, he was busy in assisting the ladies down the gangway to the wharf, and in trying to make everybody comfortable around him.  “Fifth and Orange” was around, in the persons of some of its fairest daughters, to say nothing of its rougher representatives who went down to look after the luggage and the babies.

We remark again, it’s a nice thing to be down at the “Hurt’s” wharf when she comes in DECKED with ladies.  They look like so many “beautiful STARS;” and the, it makes a young man feel better just to look at ‘em.

But the clock strikes twelve, and we go to the arms of “tired nature’s sweet restorer,” to dream of the merciless Fate that consigns us to the fortunes of a daily newspaper.

[Wilmington Evening Star – Tuesday Evening, September 24, 1867]

STEAMER A. P. HURT,
CAPT. SKINNER.

FROM and AFTER this date this quick and fast iron steamer will leave her wharf at 7 a.m., on Mondays and Thursdays.

JOS. A. WORTH, Agt.

[The Fayetteville News – Tuesday, May 26, 1868]

STEAMER A. P. HURT,

CAPT. SKINNER.

FROM and AFTER this date this quick an fast iron steamer will leave her wharf at a. 7 m., on Mondays and Thursday.

JOS. A. WORTH, Agt.

[The Eagle – Semi- Weekly – Thursday August 27, 1868]

Messrs. Skinner and Wright have for some time been building a Boat 20 miles above here which is well nigh completed—and arrived here yesterday with cargo of 200 Bbls. Rosin.  This boat is intended to ply between this place and Averasboro, and has promise of plenty of freight.

[The Eagle – Thursday, September 3, 1868]

Boats and Navigation on the

Cape Fear River.

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Our river transportation is becoming more active and extensive.  This, with the continued large production of Naval Stores, and the very large increase in cotton farming, shows plainly that the substantial business of this section is improving.  The Cape Fear Navigation Company now reorganized is to open out the river, and keep it in better navigable order.

There are now two new boats building, another in contemplation, three lines of steamers, and three other separate boats, as follows:  The Cape Fear Steamboat Company have two boats, the Hurt, run by Capt. Sam. W. Skinner, and the Gov. Worth, run by Capt. A. P. Hurt.  The Hurt makes two trips to Wilmington a week and the Gov Worth about three trips in two weeks—both excellent boats for passengers and freight.  This company embraces the Messrs. Worth, Lilly, Hurt and others.

The Express Steam boat Company have two boats, each making two trips a week, the R. E. Lee, run by Capt. Wm. Skinner, and the D. Murchison run by Capt. A. Garrison.  Both are new and fast going steamers and do a large business.  This company embraces Messrs. Williams, Murchison, Lutterloh, &c., we believe.  The Peoples’ Line is a new company recently organized embracing F. W. Kerchner, Adrian & Vollers, Smith & Strauss, W. A. Whitehead & Co.  Capt. T. J. Green and others, as we learn.  This company has the Marion run by Capt. Phillips, and which was formerly owned by the Messrs Mallet, Capt. T. J. Green, formerly of the R. E. Lee, is superintending the business of the company, and they are building a new boat at Fayetteville, which is expected to be in use by May next.  The capacity of this new steamer will be about 700 bbls. and 36 passengers, and will be some larger than the Hurt.

The People’s Line Company (capital of $25,000) expect to build another boat during the year perhaps, and with the three, they may accept mail contract and also connect with the Rail Road, both ways, three times a week.

The Juniper also a light new boat is run by Capt. A. Worth, but not on regular schedule.  This boat is owned and used by the Messrs. Bullard, Willard Bros. & c., and some week or two ago went up to Averasboro during a freshet, and received there a heavy load of naval stores, and could not return until the freshet yesterday.  The Halcyon has been repaired and is again on her regular trips, run by Capt R M Orrell.  There has been some proposition by the People’s Line to purchase this steamer.  The Orrell, a light boat is in damaged condition, and we hear is to be repaired and used for freight transportation—perhaps above Fayetteville.

Capt. Samuel W. Skinner is also building a small light steamer, the Little Sam, for use as we hear, on Waccamaw river to Georgetown in S. C.  It will be finished in a few weeks.

Thus we see there are seven steamers actively and profitably engaged in our business now—half of them new and all in good condition, besides three more to be in use on the river during the year.  With such facilities for cheap water transportation, Fayetteville can certainly receive the products of central North Carolina and furnish supplies in return, on better terms, than any other town in the state.  We think arrangements might be made soon for travelers from Raleigh to Wilmington to come this way and spend the night on the boats—all within 24 hours either way, and for eight or ten dollars.

[The Eagle – Thursday, January 20, 1870]

BOAT SCHEDULE

BETWEEN

Fayetteville and Wilmington.

(120 Miles by River.)

——

Leave Fayetteville at 7 A. M., arrive at Wilmington same day at 7 to 10 P. M., (except that Steamers of People’s Line leave now at 5:30 A. M.)

LEAVE FAYETTEVILLE.

MONDAY—Steamer Hurt, Capt. S. Skinner; Str. Cumberland, Capt. Phillips.

TUESDAY—Str. D. Murchison, Capt. Garrison, Str. North State, Capt. Green.

WEDNESDAY—Strs. R. E. Lee, Capt. Wm. Skinner; Str. Juniper, Capt. A. Worth.

THURSDAY—Steamers Hurt and Cumberland.

FRIDAY—Strs. Murchison and North State.

SATURDAY—Strs. R. E. Lee and Juniper.

——

Leave Wilmington at 2 p. m., arrive at Fayetteville next day at 6 to 9 a. m.

LEAVE WILMINGTON.

MONDAY—Steamers R. E. Lee and Juniper.

TUESDAY—Strs Hurt and Cumberland.

WEDNESDAY—Strs. D. Murchison and North State.

THURSDAY—Steamers R. E. Lee and Juniper.

FRIDAY—Strs. Hurt and Cumberland.

SATURDAY—Strs. D. Murchison and North State.

——

FARE—including state-room and meals, $3. Deck passage $1.

The Steamers Hurt and Juniper are of the Cape Fear Steamboat Company—J. A. Worth Agent at Fayetteville, Worth & Worth Agents at Wilmington.  Steamers Lee and Murchison are of the Express Steamboat Co.—J. D. Williams & Co. Agents at Fayetteville.  Williams & Murchison Agents at Wilmington.  Steamers Cumberland and North State are of the People’s Line—J. B. Starr Agent at Fayetteville, A. Johnson, Jr. Agt. At Wilmington.

The Hurt carries the United States mail each trip.

By above schedule, steamers on downward trip from Fayetteville, pass Cedar Creek about 8 1-4 a.m.; Willis’s Creek 9 1-4 a.m.; Elizabethtown 12 M.; White Hall 2 1-2 p. m., Railroad Bridge 7 p. m., arriving at Wilmington in time to connect with 9 p. m. train going north.  On upward trip from Wilmington, they pass Railroad Bridge (4 miles) about 2 1-2 to 3 p. m., (at which time and place the boats may connect with Wil. Charlotte & R. R. R. and with Wil. Columbia & A. R. R.); White Hall 9 p. m.; Elizabethtown 12 1-2 a. m.; Willis’s Creek 4 a. m.; Cedar Creek 6 a. m. reaching Fayetteville generally in time to connect with Western Railroad, 7 a. m.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – Thursday, July 27, 1871]

THE STEAMER R. E. LEE.—In our last we gave account of the terrible steamboat accident of last Thursday at the Shoals near Thames’ Landing 13 miles below Fayetteville.  The Steamers Hurt and Lee were coming up the river from Wilmington, the Hurt about 100 yards ahead, and about two o’clock Thursday morning in pitch darkness and very low water, the Lee in struggling from one eddying channel to another along the sandy shoals. Burst her boiler killing and wounding several, and shattering the upper works of the boat, as briefly stated by us last week.

All our steamers have the boiler, engine and machinery on the lower or open deck, and the cabin, rooms, saloons, office & c. are all above or on the second story.  The boiler is in front and engine in rear of the boat and the steam passes from the boiler through the long space from end to end of the boat in a tube or pipe to the steam chest of the engine.  The cause of the explosion on the Lee seems not to be fully known.  Our river is very low, and a boat is so impeded in getting over sand banks and stopped so much when dragging on the bottom that the steam cannot work itself off.  The machinery must stop too and the steam is not worked off like it would be in deep water with full motion.

If heat is applied the steam continues to increase whether machinery moves or not, and close attention is required to test the steam continually and let it off through the valves.  The pump pipes when filled from muddy shallow water so near the bottom often becomes obstructed with mud, and water is not forced in at the rate indicated by any measurement attached to the machinery.  Thus the boiler does not always have in it the regular proportion of water, and if the water gets very low the boiler becomes hotter, and then if fresh water be thrown in rapidly an explosion may occur.

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trol and directly dependent on the movement of his steam.  We hear so far no blame attached to any one for this unfortunate accident, and probably no blame is due.

The boiler, some 10 feet long by 4 feet in diameter, was much larger than was necessary for use on this boat, and the tremendous sound from its explosion shows it to have been strong.  It seemed to rise upward, and moved endways towards the rear of the boat.  In doing so it tore up the upper floor, and in its slanting upward course at lightning speed it passed centrally through the sleeping berths, the dining room and other apartments, smashing and bursting like a huge shell.  In one apartment the middle berth was shattered and carried forward in splinters while the upper and lower berths in the same room were untouched.  The boiler was thus thrown up and through one side of the boat from end to end, and all upper works on that side were knocked to pieces, ###

### along the other side were only jostled.  The posts and walls being so knocked away, the remaining side slowly keeled or tumbled over and rested in a slanting position on the engine, broken timers, tables, rods, &c., that were now crowded on the lower deck.

A lady passenger, Mrs. VanOrsdell, of Wilmington, and two of her children were asleep in these rooms that were left standing an that fell over into the vacant space caused by the boiler.  Mr. Wilson, of Wilmington, father of Mrs. VanOrsdell, was asleep in one of the bunks directly in the course of the boiler on the side of the boat that was knocked away.  The boiler carried Mr. Wilson, bunk and all, with it, and Mr. Wilson, we hear, knew nothing of the situation until he awoke out in the river several feet from the boat.  The water being shallow he was able to wade and get out easily.  The boiler did not leave the boat, and its force was so checked by the many objects it came in contact with that it stopped at the rear end of the boat, and, the timbers being shattered or loosened, it fell and rolled down into the engine room, and then tumbled off the edge of the boat into the river.

John Martin, the engineer, reports, so we hear, that he distinctly heard the boiler in its course, and when it began to fall down, he ran out of the engine room and escaped being crushed.  Just as he ran towards the other end of the boat, the portion of the upper rooms that had been left standing began to fall or tumble over into the opening made by the boiler.  He then saw one of Mrs. Van Orsdell’s children falling through the shattered floor and timbers and caught it before it fell to the lower deck, and thus saved its life.  On account of low water the freight was nearly all on a flat boat fastened to the rear by a long rope.  Some four hands were on the flat and they and the goods were all safe.  The casualties are, killed:  Alex Jackson, pilot; Wm. Gilmore, and Sam McKee all colored; wounded, scalded, &c., Jack Hagins, (since dead,) Zack Roberts, (will probably die,) Griff. Chance, another man and one woman, all colored, badly hurt; and Capt. Wm. Skinner badly bruised, cut and scalded.  He is recovering.  Mr. Wilson was slightly hurt in the foot, and some others were slightly wounded.  Mrs. Van Orsdell and children escaped unhurt.

Capt. Skinner was sent headforemost 50 yards up the river and into the water, and was not conscious of the situation until his head struck the bottom of the river, where he slided along the bottom several feet.  On making effort to swim he found himself in water only two or three feet deep and stood up.  Capt. Sam. Skinner, a cousin of Capt. of the Lee, was in charge of the Hurt, and just after the explosion, all hands on the Hurt at once jumped into the water and went to the aid of the Lee.  They waded along easily in the shallow water, and very soon came up with Capt. Wm. Skinner in the darkness and rescued him.  Had not assistance come to him so soon he would probably have drowned, as he was so exhausted by the shock and bruises.

It was a mere accident that the Hurt was near, and had this not been so the loss of life and property must have been much greater.  Altogether this was the most frightful, destructive and remarkable explosion that ever happened on our river.

The R. E. Lee was owned by Williams & Murchison and belonged to the Express Line.  This boat was built here in 1866-’67 of excellent material, and was still in good order.  It was sold to the present owners about last of 1868 or first of 1869 for about $11,000, and had more than paid for itself, we learn, up to the time of the accident.  The machinery, boiler and engine of the Lee are the same that were used on the steamer North Carolina which had been used several years before the Lee was built.  The boiler was made new for the North Carolina, and the same engine and machinery now on the Lee was used on the ill fated Magnolia that blew up near White Hall in 1858, when Capt. J. M. Steadman and others were killed.  The Lee, first designed for light freight boat, was enlarged and refitted last year for passenger accommodation, and was worth, perhaps, $6,000 or $8,000.—Wooden bottom boats like the Lee cost from $10,000 to $15,000 and will do service 6 or 8 years, and the Lee has paid for herself in about half this time

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[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – Thursday, August 24, 1871]

The Late Explosion of the Steamer

R. E. Lee—Further Particulars.

Owing to the lowness of the river and the consequent irregularity in the arrivals and departures of the river steamers our means of obtaining full and accurate particulars of the recent explosion of the boiler of the R. E. Lee have been very limited.  From Capt. S. W. Skinner, of the steamer Hurt, which boat arrived here on Tuesday night, we are at last able to give the particulars of the disaster more in detail.  The explosion occurred at Thames’ Shoals, about 13 miles from Fayetteville (as previously stated by us) about 2 o’clock on Thursday morning.  It seems that the steamer Hurt was on the shoals on the opposite side of the river, endeavoring to get over, when the Lee came up and stopped.  The Captain then went over to the Hurt to sound the channel in order to find the best water for crossing the shoals, and was engaged to this task for about half an hour.  At the expiration of that time he went back to his boat and started her over the shoals immediately in the wake of the Hurt.  The instant almost that that she was started ahead her boiler exploded with a tremendous crash, being removed bodily from its position, going through the Captain’s office and gentlemen’s cabin, carrying away the wheel house on the upper deck, and the, in its descent, falling into the lady’s cabin, carrying away about one-third of the same, falling on the starboard engine, breaking that pretty badly, and thence going overboard all the berths in the gentlemen’s cabin with but one exception, were carried away, making a complete wreck of that apartment and the sitting room.  In fact, only two rooms in the boat were left uninjured.

Of the passengers, Mrs. VanOrsdell, wife of Mr. C. M. VanOrsdell, of this city, with two of her children and a little child of Mr. H. H. Munson, who was in her charge, were sleeping on the port side of the ladies’ cabin, and were uninjured, with the exception that Mrs. V. received a slight wound on her arm from a splinter.  The father of Mrs. VanOrsdell, Mr. Wilson, of Fayetteville, together with one of Mrs. V.’s children, was in a berth on the starboard side of the cabin.  The boiler passed on that side of the cabin, carrying away the berth in which Mr. Wilson and the little child were sleeping.  The child was subsequently picked up on the deck of the boat, where it had been thrown by the force of the explosion, while Mr. Wilson was thrown into the river, from which he afterwards was rescued.  Mr. Wilson and the child were found to be very slightly injured.  One colored woman, who was in the gentlemen’s cabin at the time of the accident, was, strange to say, entirely uninjured.

Capt. Skinner, of the Hurt, was standing on his boat and witnessed the explosion, when he, together with five of his men, jumped into the river and waded across the shoals to the Lee, the water only being about waist deep.  They picked up the Captain of the ill-fated steamer about half way between the two boats, who, with the rest of the passengers, together with the wounded and dead, were placed on a flat.  Dr. Lesesne, who resides not far from the scene of the disaster, was then sent for and arrived in about three quarters of an hour, after which the Hurt proceeded to Fayetteville, arriving there just about dark the same evening.

Capt. Skinner’s wounds were very severe.  His right cheek, from the ear to the nose, was cut open to the bone, the right side of his cheek and back of the head badly scalded, and his right arm, shoulder and side also badly hurt.  Every particle of his coat, with the exception of one sleeve, which adhered to the arm, was blown from his body.  Notwithstanding the severity of his injuries, however, his physician expresses confident hopes of his ultimate recovery.

Mr. Frances Moore, who embarked as a passenger on the Lee at this place, got off at Elizabethtown and took passage on the Hurt, to which freak of good fortune he may possibly be indebted for his life.

Mr. E. E. Hewes, local inspector of boilers, who went up on the Hurt yesterday, for the purpose of instituting an investigation into the cause of the explosion, has, we learn, given instructions to the various Captains and owners of steamers within his jurisdiction, that an engineer must never be permitted, under any circumstances, to be away from his boiler more than ten minutes at a time.

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RIVER AND MARINE NEWS.

—  Capt. Jno. K. Dailey, second officer of the Pee Dee steamer Halcyon, went up the Cape Fear yesterday on a short visit to his friends at Fayetteville.

—  The passengers of the ill-fated steamer R. E. Lee speak in the highest terms of the services of Capt. Saml. W. Skinner, rendered immediately after the explosion.  He commands the Hurt which, it will be remembered was within a short distance of the Lee when the accident occurred.  “Old Reliable” is as gallant a steamboatman as ever walked a deck.

—  There has been a rise of a few inches in the Cape Fear below Fayetteville; but above that point no rain has fallen recently.  We can have no certain navigation until there is a freshet in Deep and Haw rivers.

—  The steamer Hurt arrived from Fayetteville Tuesday night.  She started on her upward trip at 1 P. M. yesterday.

—  The two small vessels capsized off Smithville during the gale on Saturday last, one loaded with naval stores and the other being a fishing smack, have been gotten up. But we learn that the cargo will be an entire loss.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Thursday, August 24, 1871]

RIVER AND MARINE NEWS.

—  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]

Our boats are about to be consolidated in two lines.  The Cape Fear and People’s Lines are to go in one with three boats, and the Express Line to unite with Capt. Sam. Skinner of the Lee, with three boats, leaving two boats, one of Cape Fear, and one of People’s to be sold or run elsewhere.

[The Eagle – Semi-Weekly – January 28, 1873]

Steamboating.

The Milton Mercury learns that Capt. Skinner, of Fayetteville, will visit that town some time during the next month for the purpose of taking a survey of the Dan from that place to Barksdale’s and to Danville, with a view to running a steamboat to and from the two places.  Our contemporary thinks the proposed enterprise a very feasible one, as “the town must either have the steamboat or a railroad.”

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday, March 1, 1876]

Our River Steamers.

The steamer Juniper, Capt. Skinner, formerly run by Messrs. Vick & Mebane, has been purchased by the Cape Fear and People’s Line, and will hereafter be run in connection with that line.  The United States mail, between this city and Fayetteville, heretofore carried by the Juniper, will from this date be transported by the steamer A. P. Hurt.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Tuesday, March 14, 1876]

(excerpt from Fayetteville GAZETTE) – Captain Skinner sold the steamer CUMBERLAND in Savannah; she will probably run between that city and Augusta.

[Wilmington Star – March 31, 1877]

BLACK RIVER STEAMBOAT
AND NAVIGATION COMPANY.

 

The steamer Isis, Capt. S. W. Skinner, belonging to the above company is now being thoroughly overhauled and refitted.  It is expected that she will be ready to commence running regularly between this city and Point Caswell on or about the 3rd of February.

Capt. R. P. Paddison, formerly of the steamer North East, whose place the Isis fills, is the general agent of the company.  We learn that the loss of the North East has caused considerable inconvenience to shippers, who are compelled at present to resort to the use of flats to move their produce.  Fortunately they will not have to wait long before the line is again reopened, and a steamer running regularly.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Saturday, January 4, 1879]

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