We are glad to see that the Cape Fear Steamboat Company have determined to put the steamer Chatham, Capt. Hurt, regularly on the line between this place and Wilmington, with stated hours of starting from each place. This will be a great convenience to the traveling public. The Chatham, although before fitted up in neat style for the accommodation of passengers, has received lately several handsome additions to her appearance, and will be used principally for passengers. See advertisement.
[NORTH CAROLINIAN — January 25, 1851]
FLOOD IN THE RIVER.
The Cape Fear commenced rising on Saturday last, at about 8 o’clock, and continued to rise until Sunday night, at which time it had risen 40 or 50 feet, and not far short, if any, of the great freshet of 1840.
Immense quantities of timber, trees, and trash of all kinds, passed Fayetteville during that time. Much damage has probably been done to the river lands by washing off the top soil, and great damage to all persons having property within reach of the waters. Forty or fifty feet in 36 hours is tremendous rising. According to marks set, the flood rose 12 inches an hour, even after it had in many places overflowed the lower banks; for the Cape Fear has two tiers of banks, the lower of which it never overruns unless at a great fresh.
An old resident informs us that in a freshet just like this, which occurred in August, 40 or 50 years ago, a man named Hold living near Buckhorn Falls, met a most distressing death. He was on a small island after his cattle, when the freshet overtook him. Finding the water rising on him fast, he climbed a tree in hope of assistance. Finally he was discovered, but no effort was made to save him, and he perished in the fork of the tree!
There is nothing more alarming or distressing than a sudden rise of water.
We learn from the Cheraw Gazette that the Pee Dee was much swollen, the water rising higher than ever before known. Consider the damage done to plantations and stock.
[NORTH CAROLINIAN — March 15, 1851]
NAVIGATION OF THE CAPE FEAR.
We learn from boat owners that the last freshets have deposited so much mud at and below the wharves at Fayetteville, that unless the rains keep up regular, there will soon be great difficulty in navigating the river, if not a suspension.
A Question. — Some time ago, we learn, the navigation company exhibited drawings of, and proposed buying, a dredging machine. Nothing is said about it now, and we are desired to ask if the company have given up the project. It is said that with such a machine navigation could be accomplished at all times, and the boat owners would probably submit to an increase of toll, if necessary, to insure such an end.
[NORTH CAROLINIAN — April 5, 1851]
To amend an act incorporating the Cape Fear and Deep River Steam Boat Company. Changes the name to that of “The Brother’s Steam Boat Company.”
[NORTH CAROLINIAN — January 1, 1853]