Book: Riverboating in Lower Carolina

22 Aug

Riverboating in Lower Carolina

by F. Roy Johnson

Copyright 1977



p. 62

{Image mislabeled as the steamer A. P. Hurt.  The image is of the steamer Cape Fear.  The name Cape Fear is clearly visible on the enlarged image.}

p. 104, 105

{Steamer R. E. Lee “blew her boiler at Thomas Shoal fourteen miles below Fayetteville, killing Captain William Skinner, her master, …”*

The accident occurred at Thames (also written as Timm’s) Shoals.  Captain William W. Skinner, the 1st cousin of Capt. Samuel W. Skinner was not killed but severely injured.  He was thrown a great distance from the boat, by the explosion, and in a weakened conditioned almost drowned.  However Capt. S. W. Skinner sent his crew (that of the steamer A. P. Hurt, which was nearby) quickly to rescue and aid the injured.  Capt. William Skinner was pulled from the river.  His coat, except for one sleeve, had been torn from his body.  He was cut to the bone, from his right ear to his nose (which probably left a lifetime scar).

Capt. William Wallace Skinner died in Wilmington, NC in November of 1913, a day or so before the burning of the steamer C. W. Lyon.

*Unfortunately, the Transportation Museum in Fayetteville, used this incorrect quote in their display.}

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