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The Steamer SPRAY

28 Sep

MARINE LIST.

PORT OF WILMINGTON, N. C.

Memo–The Steamer Spray, from Wilmington, Del,. for Wilmington, N. C., which has been ashore at Need Inlet, wheel damaged, & c., put into Norfolk on Sunday last.

[Wilmington Herald — Wilmington, NC  —  Saturday, January 15, 1853]

The Spray.

We have had an addition to the fleet of steamers now engaged in the navigation of our river.  The steamer Spray arrived in our port on Sunday last, from Wilmington, Del.  She is the sharpest boat, take her at either end, that we have ever seen, and the two great essentials of speed and lightness of draft would seem to have been obtained in her peculiar construction.  The Spray is 140 feet long, 18 feet 9 inches beam, draws 18 inches with fuel on board, and can run, we are informed, 16 miles per hour in still water, and faster if pressed.  She is built on the hoop plan, which combines strength with lightness of draft.  She was built Major. R. B. Gilpin of Wilmington, Del., has two engines manufactured by Betts, Pusey, Jones & Seal of same place–side wheels 16 feet diameter.  The Spray cost at Wilmington, Del., $12,000 cash, and was purchased by A. H. VanBokkelen of this place, and Dr. H. H. Robinson of Elizabeth, for the Bladen Steam Boat Company.

As we are promised an opportunity of witnessing her abilities, we will defer any further description.

[Wilmington Herald — Wilmington, NC  —  Wednesday, February 2, 1853.]

THE SPRAY. —  We have had an addition to the fleet of steamers now engaged in the navigation of our river.  The steamer Spray arrived in our port on Sunday last, from Wilmington, Del.  She is the sharpest boat, take her at either end, that we have ever seen, and the two great essentials of speed and lightness of draft would seem to have been obtained in her peculiar construction.  The Spray is 140 feet long, 18 feet 9 inches beam, draws 18 inches with fuel on board, and can run, we are informed, 16 miles per hour in still water, and faster if pressed.  She is built on the hoop plan, which combines strength with lightness of draft.  She was built by Major R. B. Gilbin of Wilmington, Del., has two engines manufactured by Betts, Pusey, Jones & Seal of same place —  side wheels 16 feet diameter.  The Spray cost at Wilmington, Del, $12,000 cash, and was purchased by A. H. VanBokkelen of this place, and Dr. H. H. Robinson of Elizabeth, for the Bladen Steam Boat Company.  —  Wilmington Herald.

[The North Carolinian — February 5, 1853]

In 1852, the Spray was the second vessel built by Pusey, Jones & Company, of Wilmington, Delaware.  One of the Spray’s inclined engines is on display at the Underwater Archaeological Branch Office at Fort Fisher, below Wilmington, NC.  Some other items that were recovered from the wreck site are on display at the Transportation Museum in Fayetteville, NC. —Spray Report (PDF)——

Steamer SPRAY - US Mail WWJ05181855

Steamer SPRAY – US Mail WWJ05181855

Steamer SPRAY - Assorted Steamer Ads WDH07141855

Steamer SPRAY – Assorted Steamer Ads WDH07141855

NOTES:  Dr. Heman Harwood Robinson was the father of Capt. Irving Robinson (b. 1842).

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