Captain Samuel W. Skinner – Part II

22 Jun



—  The steamer A. P. Hurt, which arrived here yesterday morning, reports only about twelve feet of water now on the shoals.  The work of raising the steamer Gov. Worth is expected to be commenced to-day, under the supervision of Capt. S. W. Skinner, who has the contract for the work.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday, January 19, 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]

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 – Friday, June 2, 1882]

Death of Capt. E. C. Skinner.

The Richmond State has this to say of this gentleman, a brother of Capt. S. W. Skinner, of this city:  “Capt. Ed. C. Skinner, a well known and popular gentleman, died here yesterday at his mother’s residence of paralysis.  Capt. Skinner was a native of Richmond, and the son of the late Capt. Samuel Skinner.  He was a gallant soldier in the Confederate army, and served with distinction at Gettysburg.  For the past seventeen years he has been in the towing service on the James river.”

[Wilmington Star – September 29, 1882]

Flat for Sale,

I WILL SELL A LARGE NEW FLAT AT A BARGAIN, built by Capt. S. W. Skinner last Spring.  Capacity 45 Cords Wood or 500 Barrels Rosin.

OCT 4 1t*     R. P. PADDISON.

[Wilmington Star – October 9, 1882]

— The steamer Bladen, which has been off the line between this city and Fayetteville since the 25th of March last, undergoing certain alterations, improvements and repairs, has been launched from Capt. Skinner’s steam marine railway, and left for Fayetteville yesterday afternoon, the demand for freight room being such that it was decided to complete the work of painting her while running.  The present trip is not considered a regular one.  She will return next Wednesday night and clear on Thursday, and after the 1st day of July will run a regular schedule, leaving here every Tuesday and Friday and carrying the United States mail.  She has undergone very decided improvement, thirteen feet have been added to her length, while she has been provided with new steel boilers and heavier machinery.  Everything about her is new, including four nice state-rooms, saloons, &c., affording first class accommodation for twenty-passengers.  Capt. T. J. Green, so long and favorably known as first officer of the steamer North State, is still in command of the Bladen, and will be glad to see his old friends and as many new ones as may be pleased to called upon him.

[Wilmington Star – June 14, 1884]

— Capt. Jeff Robinson and his carpenters came down on the steamer D. Murchison, yesterday, for the purpose of making necessary repairs upon the steamer Wave, which will be hauled up on Capt. Skinner’s marine railway to-day.

[Wilmington Star – June 19, 1884]

The pilot boat GRACIE and the schooner MARY WHEELER are on the ways at Capt. Skinner’s shipyard, for overhauling, and painting.  Repairs to the hull of the steamer WAVE have been finished and she is now afloat, with carpenters busily engaged putting on the upper deck.  The WAVE, by the way, was the first vessel taken out of the water on the marine railway after the completion of the work of reconstruction that had been in progress at the yard for about three months.  During that time the railway was rebuilt from its foundation throughout, with new irons and cradles, and is now complete and substantial in every particular.  A new house has been built over the engines and boilers, and other improvements have been made.  We noticed a large lighter being built at the yard for the steamer BLADEN.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – August 1, 1884]



— Capt. S. W. Skinner went up the river yesterday on the steamer Excelsior, with two steam pumps and a gang of hands for the purpose of raising and floating the steamer Wave, sunk at Whitehall.  From Capt. Jeff Robinson, who came down for assistance, we learn that the Wave lies close in shore, with the freight deck out of water.

[The Wilmington Star – December 4, 1884]

— The steamer Wave arrived here early yesterday morning, and was hauled up on Capt. Skinner’s marine railway for repairs to her hull, etc.

[The Wilmington Star – December 7, 1884]


— The steam-tug Alpha is on the marine railway at Capt. Skinner’s shipyard, for repairs.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday,  February 17, 1886]

A New Steamboat – Quick Work.

= Messrs. Bagley & Co ‘s new steamboat, to take the place of the burned River Queen on the river between this city and Fayetteville, will probably be launched to-day from Captain Skinner’s Marine Railway.  Work on the boat began under Captain Skinner’s direction, on the 15th of March last, but for the first three weeks he was able to employ only three men on half time, on account of difficulty in getting timber of the proper kind; afterwards, twenty-three men were employed on full time, four of them being from Fayetteville.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – April 30, 1886]

—  The new river steamer Cape Fear, for the Bladen Steamboat Co., is receiving her boiler and machinery at Capt. Skinner’s shipyard.  She will be ready to take her place on the river some day next week.

[Wilmington Star – July 9, 1886]

Steamer Cape Fear at Landing

Steamer Cape Fear at Landing (watercolor filter)

—  The new steamboat Cape Fear, under the command of Capt. T. J. Green, will start on her first trip to Fayetteville to day.  The new boat takes the place of the steamer Bladen, destroyed in the great fire in February last.  She is a light draft boat, about the size of the Bladen, and has accommodations for about twenty first-class passengers.  The Cape Fear was built at Capt. Skinner’s ship-yard in this city.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – July 30, 1886]

We learn from the Wilmington Messenger that Capt. Sam’l Skinner, of the Ship Railway, of that place, will commence at an early date to build a steamer to ply between Wilmington and Fayetteville, to be called the Green.

[Fayetteville Evening News – Tuesday, August 2, 1887]

We see that Capt. Samuel W. Skinner, for many years captain of one of our steamers, but at present engaged at Wilmington in repairing ships, &c., contemplates building a steamer to run between this place and Wilmington.  The Captain will be welcomed back.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, August 4, 1887]

A New Steamboat.

Capt. Sam Skinner is building a steamboat at his shipyard at the foot of Church street.  This new addition to the river fleet will plough the muddy waters of the Cape Fear and run between Wilmington and Fayetteville.  She is intended for a freight and passenger boat, will be 110 feet in length, eighteen feet breadth of beam, and will have about the same freighting capacity as the Cape Fear or the Murchison.  It is expected that she will be finished about the first of January.  Capt. Green, the popular commander of the North State for so many years, will have charge of the new steamer.

[Wilmington Star – November 4, 1887]

—  The steamer Cape Fear has gone upon the marine railway at Capt. S. W. Skinner’s ship yard, for a general overhauling, and to fix the boat up for the better accommodation of excursionists this summer.

[Wilmington Star – May 1, 1888]

Steamer Cape Fear.

The steamer Cape Fear came out from the dock at Skinner’s shipyard yesterday, looking as bright and neat as a new pin.  The boat has been thoroughly overhauled and repainted from stem to stern and will this week take her place on the river fully equipped for the excursion season, which it is confidently expected will be a leading feature in the traffic of the up-river boats this summer.  Capt. Tomlinson, the commander of the Cape Fear, is one of the most popular men on the river, and under his control the boat will get her full share of the business.

[Wilmington Star – May 13, 1888]

The Steamer Cape Fear Overhauled.


[Wilmington Star.]

The steamer Cape Fear, which for two weeks has been on the railway at Skinner’s shipyard for repars, has been overhauled and will resume her regular trips to Fayetteville to morrow.  She has been caulked all over and painted inside and out, and presents quite a neat appearance.  Captain R. H. Tomlinson, her clever master, says he is now ready for the excursion season, and expects to bring crowds of people to Wilmington this summer.  The public will now find the Cape Fear’s accommodations first rate.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, May 17, 1888]

Steamers Cape Fear & A. P. Hurt wrecked 1895 (watercolor filter)

Steamers Cape Fear & A. P. Hurt wrecked 1895 (watercolor filter)

Echoes of the Freshet.

From all accounts the damage done along the banks of the Cape Fear by the great freshet was phenomenally small.  The river is now about at its normal condition.  At a meeting of the steamboat stockholders in this city Tuesday it was decided to rebuild the Murchison, the iron hull of which is at the company’s wharf in Campbellton.  The contract was given to Capt. W. S. Skinner, of Wilmington, who says he will have the steamer ready for service in six weeks.

The Hurt is still where the waters left her but we are informed that she will, as soon as possible, be railroaded into the water, fifty feet below.  The Cape Fear is, as we stated last week, a total wreck and is fit for little more than kindling wood.

There are various opinions as to the height of the Butler freshet in comparison with the Sherman freshet.  The most authentic places the former at about four inches above the latter.

[Fayetteville Observer – January 24, 1895.]

Cape Fear River Boats.

Mr. D. McEachern returned yesterday from Fayetteville, where he attended a meeting of the Cape Fear and People’s Steamboat Co. He confirms the announcement made in the STAR several days since that the company decided to rebuild the steamer Murchison and to launch the Hurt. The contract for both was given to Capt. S. W. Skinner of Wilmington. It is expected that the Hurt will resume her regular trips in about three weeks, and that the Murchison will be ready for service in six weeks.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Thurs., January 24, 1895]

Capt. Sam. Skinner, of Wilmington, arrived in the City Monday, and is now engaged with a large force in floating the Hurt.  He is having a marine railway built to the water’s edge, and after being placed in a cradle the Hurt will be railroaded into the river.  He says the Hurt will be floating on the river as sound as she ever was in from five to six weeks.

[Fayetteville Observer – January 31, 1895]

The many friends and acquaintances of Captain Samuel W. Skinner and his wife Mrs. Emily J. Skinner, are deeply grieved at the death of the latter, which occurred last night at 10:45 o’clock at the family residence, 611 Orange street.  The deceased lady had been ill with gastritis for about two weeks.

Mrs. Skinner was aged 63 years on the 21st of last January.  She was the daughter of Mr. E. J. Erambert, a merchant of Wilmington, who died very many years ago.  A brother, Mr. Louis H. Erambert, once a prominent druggist of this city, died of the yellow fever in 1862, and a sister, Mrs. A. M. Carter, died since the late war.  Mrs. Skinner was first married to Captain Wilkinson, of Fayetteville.  She leaves besides a husband, so sadly bereaved, a son, Mr. Louis H. Skinner, and two daughters, Misses Sallie and Augusta, to mourn the loss of one of the most affectionate and devoted of wives and parents.

The deceased for many years had been a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church.  Her Christian character was exemplified in acts of helpfulness to those who sadly needed aid, who but for her had no friend.  So quiet and unobtrusive were these deeds of kindness and of love, that only those who knew her well could know them.  But they are wrote in Heaven.

The arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

[Wilmington Messenger –  Sunday, September 26, 1897]

— The dredge boats and flats being used in clearing and deepening the channel of the lower Cape Fear were brought up to the city and anchored near Skinner’s ship yard last night, as a precaution against damage by the storm.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday, August 16, 1899]

Death and Burial of Mrs. Hunley.

The remains of Mrs. Cornelia Carter Hunley, relict of the late Thos. Hunley, of this city, who died in Raleigh Friday, were brought here Saturday and the funeral took place Sunday at 12:30 o’clock from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. H. Tucker Graham conducting the services.  The deceased lady was 37 years of age.

The following were the pall-bearers:  Messrs. R. M. Prior, A. A. McKethan, W. W. Cole, J. A. Steel, B. C. Gorham and W. J. Boone.

Miss Virginia Hunley, (daughter of the deceased,) and Messrs. L. H. Skinner, Augusta Carter and Joe Smith were here to attend the funeral.

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday Evening, January 2, 1900]

NOTE:  Cornelia W. Hunley was the daughter of Archibald M. & Virginia Erambert Carter, making her the niece of Mrs. Emily J. Skinner.  Neilly was born in 1862.   This is the Mrs. Thomas Hunley which was aboard the steamer Bladen, the day of the Great Fire of Wilmington, 21st February, 1886.  Her daughter, Virginia, was probably the child also aboard the Bladen, as was Neilly’s 1st cousin, Annie Erambert (of Richmond, VA).

—The river steamer “Highlander” will go on the ways at Skinner’s Thursday, preparatory to being taken around to her new port of Columbia, S. C.  The “Wilmington” goes on the ways Monday and it was impossible to get the “Highlander” ahead of her.

[Wilmington Star – January 31, 1904]

Highlander Off the Ways.

The steamer “Highlander” came off the ways at Skinner’s yesterday and her cabin is being braced now, preparatory to the sea trip around to the river and up to Columbia, S. C., from which point she will be operated.  It is not known when the steamer will be transferred to her new home port as much depends on the weather.

[Wilmington Star? – February 15, 1904]

Carolina Copper Works.

Capt. S. W. Skinner has purchased the business of Messrs. Cumming and Swinson, and will conduct it on a greatly enlarged scale under the name of the Carolina Copper Works.  It will embrace copper work of every description, including stills, worms, steamboat piping, brazing under a new process; also plating in nickel, bronze, silver and gold.  This is a comparatively new enterprise here, and the STAR wishes it all success.

[Wilmington Star – October 14, 1904]

The sale the other day of the steamer “City of Fayetteville,” for $11,750—costing $30,000 to build, exclusive of its expensive wharfs, automatic freight and passenger lifts, and bonded for $125,000—set me to thinking of old flush times on the Cape Fear river, when the steamers plied the waters, loaded with goods to the gunwale, and the saloons and staterooms were full of passengers.  There was nothing of any exciting interest about the journey between Wilmington and Fayetteville, but the trip was always pleasant.  The captain walked his quarterdeck “monarch of all he surveyed, but he was a kindly autocrat, and his passengers were his well cared for family.

Captain S. W. Skinner, now a citizen of Wilmington, was for many years a steamboat captain on the Cape Fear, and no man was more cordially liked and more highly esteemed than he throughout Fayetteville and from one end of the river to the other.

One night, many years ago, when Captain Skinner was commanding the steamer Hurt or Governor Worth, he was on one of his up trips from Wilmington to Fayetteville.  It was cold, sleety weather, and the mate, wrapped up to his ears, slipped and slided on the decks as he made his rounds.  The sparks rushed out from smoke stack in angry battle array against the deepening gloom, and the laboring craft churned the black, cold waters in impatience of her dreary task.  The interior of the saloon was cosy and comfortable, with a  good fire in the great box stove, but it was almost deserted, for the passengers going all the way through, after the evening spent in talk and cards, had retired to their berths.

A long awkward looking, typical backwoodsman, in a saffron jeans suit and sandy chin whiskers, was alone awake and restless—sitting on a rocking chair near the stove, spitting tobacco juice now into the spittoon on the left and then on the right, and peering anxiously through the cabin windows.  Finally a pine torch was seen waving on the river bank a few hundred yards ahead, the whistle blew frantically the deck hands were heard stamping about, and the passenger rose to his six lank feet of stature, and gathered up his bundles.

The boat rounded to, the captain gave his quick, sharp commands, the engine puffed and groaned in discordant protests at being stopped in such weather, then egro roustabonts jumped out on the bank, and carried a rope around a big juniper tree, the gangplank was put out—and then there was a pause.  “Where in thunder is the passenger to get off here?” demanded Captain Skinner.  “Hasn’t come down from the upper deck, sir.”  “Go after him, and bring him down, we can’t stop here all night!”  The mate found the dilatory passenger marching deliberately up and down the saloon, turning over chairs, ransacking cushions, looking behind doors, etc.”

“Come get out of here man; you are keeping the boat waiting.”  “Well mister, I carried down four pounds of lard to sell in Wilmington, and I can’t find the empty tin bucket, high ner low!”  There was no further parly.  The mate marched him out of the cabin by the shoulders, and he and the captain had him over the gangplank in a jiffy.

The passenger stood on the bank in the glare of the pine torch in the hands of his son, who had come down to wait for him.  He watched the rope and the plank pulled aboard, the bow of the steamer swing out to the middle of the stream, and the sheet of parks lengthen out to a broad sparkling ribbon on the curtain of the night, as the boat passed on its way.  He was silent, but he was thinking about something—and what he was thinking about will develop presently.

Two or three trips after this the Hurt going to Wilmington, was very late having been delayed several hours at Fayetteville by an unusually heavy freight, and was putting forth every effort to make up for lost time.  About 10 o’clock Captain Skinner, passing through the cabin, stopped to look over the shoulder of one of a quartette at whist, when there was a quick, sharp blow of the whistle; and, with an impatient, exclamation at the stoppage when he was in such a hurry he went out on the deck, to see a torch waving on the river bank below—it was the lard bucket man’s landing.

There he stood, looking on with languid interest while the steamer was put in to the bank and the gangplank thrown out, down to the end of which he strode, and hailed:  “Is that the steamer Hurt?”  “Why, blame your fool soul, you know it’s the Hurt!”  “Is that Captain Skinner?”  “Confound your picture, come aboard, if you are coming!”  “I don’t want to git aboard, but if that’s the Hurt and that’s Captain Skinner, I jist wanted ter know if he had found my lard bucket yit.”

Words were inadequate to that situation.  The captain gave just one wild sweeping gesture of arms and hands to signify to the pilot to go ahead, and dived into his stateroom.  I cannot give the thoughts of the backwoodsman as he tossed his torch into the river and ascended the bank, because I do not know what those thoughts were—as Dickens said about Job Trotter, when he outwitted Mr. Samuel Weller.

J. H. M.

Fayetteville, May 9.

[Wilmington Messenger – May 14, 1905]

The new steel hull steamer C. W. Lyon, was launched yesterday at the Skinner shipyard and she was the first steel hull boat ever constructed in the state of North Carolina.  Miss Nettie Keith King, daughter of Mr. S. M. King, agent for the Tar Heel Steamboat Company, christened the new vessel as she glided into the peaceful waters of the Cape Fear.

The boat is named after Sheriff Lyon, of Bladen county, who is president of the Tar Heel Steamboat Company, owners of the boat.  The Lyon is 125 feet long, 25 feet in beam, with stern wheel and has a capacity for 50 passengers and 300 tons of freight.  Her engines are of 500 horse power.  The wood work of the boat will be completed in Fayetteville and she was towed there last night.  It will take about three weeks to complete the work and the Lyon will then be put on the run between Wilmington and Fayetteville.

The Wilmington Iron Works expects to go into the business of boat building, having been so successful with their first attempt.  The Tar Heel Steamboat Company got bids on specifications for a boat of the Lyon’s size from a number of ship building firms at different towns of the south Atlantic coast and the price paid the Wilmington Iron Works was fully 25 per cent. less than any bid received.

The company owning the Lyon also owns the Tar Heel.  The new boat will be put on her run about December 1st and will be quite an addition to the fleet of Cape Fear boats.  Business between Wilmington and Fayetteville and intermediate points is increasing rapidly and there is no reason why a large business, both passenger and freight, should not be done by the Lyon.  Mr. S. M. King will be the Wilmington agent.  A crew has not yet been selected.

[Wilmington Messenger – November 9, 1905 BRC]


Louis H. Skinner conducts an enterprise of much importance to the shipping interests.  This enterprise is a concern which, by the extent of its operations and the standard and general excellence of its work, largely contributes to the industrial and trade activity of Wilmington.  Founded several years ago by its present head, Mr. Louis H. Skinner, this establishment has grown to be one of the largest establishments of its kind in this section, and has developed a business of increasing dimensions.  The plant of Louis H. Skinner shipyard and marine railway is located at the foot of Church street, phone 670, and being equipped with all the latest and most improved machinery, Mr. Skinner is prepared to execute in a most satisfactory manner, all work entrusted to him.  This establishment recently launched the new steel hull steamer C. W. Lyons, constructed for the Tar Heel Steamboat Company.  This is the first steel hull boat ever constructed in the state of North Carolina and speaks louder than words as to the quality and kind of work Mr. Skinner is capable of turning out from his yards.

[Excerpt from Bill Reaves Collection,
New Hanover Public Library
Wilmington Messenger – December 17, 1905]

Rev. Alexander Doak McClure c1906

Rev. Alexander Doak McClure c1906


Remains Laid to Rest Yesterday

After Funeral Services

From Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Vessels at Half Mast.


Impressive funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. D. McClure, D.D., yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, over the remains of the late Capt. Samuel W. Skinner, who passed away after a brief immediate illness with pneumonia in a hospital at Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday evening.

The remains reached Wilmington on the late train from the South Wednesday night, and were taken to the family home in the city, No. 611 Orange street, where many friends called during the morning to pay their respects to the bereaved ones and to take a last sad look upon the face of one whom they held in such high regard. The attendance upon the services at the church was large and was composed of all classes of citizenship, for Captain Skinner was exceedingly democratic in his being, and his friends were numbered from among all the walks of life.

Especially in marine circles at the port was he held in highest esteem, and as a mark of respect to his memory every craft in the harbor yesterday had its flag at half-mast.

Captain Skinner had been identified with the shipping interests of the port of Wilmington ever since directly after the war, and established Skinner’s Marine Railway, with which he was actively engaged until about two years ago, when the business was turned over to his son, Mr. Louis H. Skinner, and he went to Florida, and had been engaged in marine railway construction for the East Coast Railroad.

The funeral hymns were sweetly rendered yesterday by the choir of St. Andrews, and upon the casket were a large number of very beautiful floral offerings from individual friends and organizations of the city. From the church the long funeral procession moved slowly to Oakdale cemetery, where all that was mortal of this highly esteemed citizen was committed to earth. The honorary funeral escort was composed of Mr. Samuel Northrop, Mr. G. G. Worth, Capt. Preston Cumming and Dr. W. J. H. Bellamy, while the active pall-bearers were Messrs. H. M. Foard, Hans A. Kure, W. C. Munds, Alex. S. Heide, T. E. Wallace and Capt. John W. Harper.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, November 8, 1907]

Genealogy:  Descendants of Samuel Skinner of Richmond, VA.

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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