19 Sep

“… Captain William Russell built the stern-wheel Scotish Chief for Captain Banks, installing in it the machinery of the Brothers.”

[Excerpt from Riverboating in Lower Carolina, by F. Roy Johnson – Johnson Publishing Co., Murfreesboro, N. C. 27855 – Copyright 1977]

6/4/1855 Scottish Chief Owner: J. Bailey  Master: ? Reason Granted: New

110 tons burthen 43

Port of Surrender: Baltimore 12/24/56

[Steamboats in Wilmington, N. C. Compiled by Jerry N. Dunn 1987 from Abstract of Enrollments for N. C. Ports  Part I  (NC 386.3S)]

Scotish Chief: side wheel built in Wilmington, NC 1855

Owners: John & James Banks  Master: John Banks

Enrolled 6/14/1855

123′ Length

18′ Width

4′ Depth

102 Gross tons

one deck

[Information on Steamboats in Wilmington, N. C. from the Port Enrollment Forms for Wilmington, N. C. compiled by Jerry N. Dunn 1987  – Part II]

“… Mr. Myrover overlooked in his sketch a very prominent Cape Fear mariner, who, during his long and useful career, commanded successively the well-known river steamers Henrietta, Brothers, Scottish Chief, James R. Grist, James T. Petteway, and John Dawson. A hearty, genial, bright-eyed Scotsman of superior attainments was Capt. John Banks, in some respects the most notable of all the river captains. He was a highly esteemed citizen of Wilmington and he owned a valuable residence on the corner of Market and Seventh Streets, where he reared an interesting family, several members still surviving.”

[Excerpt from Chronicles of the Cape Fear river, 1660-1916 by James Sprunt.]

In Wilmington on the 22nd Oct., of yellow fever, Captain John Banks, about 57. Deceased as a native of Scotland, but for nearly thirty years a resident of Wilmington.

[Fayetteville Observer, Monday, Oct. 27, 1862 – Transcribed by Christine Spencer July 2007 ]

Capt. John Banks 57 years old died 10/19/1862

[Oakdale Cemetery Records (online)]


THE Office of the Brothers’ Steam Boat Company is removed to the Huske Building, on Green street, next door to P. Taylor’s.

J. S. BANKS, Ag’t

Nov 6, 1854

[Fayetteville Observer – March 19, 1855]

[The North Carolinian – June 9, 1855]

[The North Carolinian – June 28, 1856]


[<<STEAMER IMAGE] BY VIRTUE of a deed of trust made by John and James Banks, to the undersigned on the 3d day of March, 1857, we will proceed to sell at public Auction in front of the Custom House, on 20th May, at 11 o’clock.  A. M., the Steamer BROTHERS AND 4 LIGHTERS.

Terms made known on day of sale.

JAS. T. PETTEWAY,     }     Assignees.


Wilmington, April 25.          2-tf

[Fayetteville Observer –  1857]


By Jennifer Calhoun
Staff writer – Fayetteville News & Observer
*The Steamer, which had been arriving in Fayetteville about once a week from various points,  does not appear in Commercial Record of local newspapers after about the end of May 1856.  The “Steamboats for Sale” ad also appears to not have run after early August 1856.  I believe it was the steamer Brothers which was not sold at this time.

**After having found the compiled Port Enrollment Records for Wilmington, NC which listed the dimensions of the Scottish Chief and that she was a sidewheeler, I am more confident that the Tampa vessel was probably the same as the Cape Fear River boat.  F. Roy Johnson’s mention that the Scotish Chief was a sternwheeler was probably in error.

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