NEW STEAMER LAUNCHED.
The John W. Fredericks, Jr., Was Christened Yesterday.
With simple but impressive ceremonies as 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon the steamer John W. Fredericks, Jr., built in this city by its owners, Capt. John W. Fredericks and Capt. J. D. Price, was launched from the ways near the Bellwill Cotton Mills, in the southern part of the city. The vessel was christened by Mrs. Fredericks, who broke a bottle of wine over the bow of the boat, as it slid off the ways into the Cape Fear.
The steamer will be ready for service on the river about November 5th. It will be engaged in regular lightering work. The vessel is 125 feet long, 27 feet beam, 8 feet hold, and will draw about six feet of water with a full cargo. The boat will be equipped with a hoisting engine and flats for doing heavy lightering.
Among those present to witness the launching of the boat were the owners and builders, Messrs. Fredericks and Price; Mrs. Fredericks and son, John W. Fredericks, Jr., for whom the boat is named; Mrs. J. D. Price and her mother and little grand-daughter; Maj. H. W. Stickle, United States engineer; Capt. Anderson, representing the Underwriters; Mr. W. A. Woods, Mrs. Robert Robbins and daughter, Miss Ruth L. Robbins, Mrs. Mach. Griffith and daughter, Miss Louise Griffith, Mrs. Mary Osborne and little son, and her mother, Mrs. Corbett, and Mrs. Corbett’s mother, Mrs. Griffith; Mrs. W. J. Taylor and daughter. Mrs. John Griffith and daughter, Miss Annie Griffith; Mrs. Cleveland Carr, Mrs. John Hale and little son, Mr. John Francis Brigan, Mrs. E. C. Fredericks, Dr. and Mrs. M. L. Hargrove, and little son, Master Geo. W. Fredericks, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Sedberry, Mr. and Mrs. Geo Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Will Duncan.
The boat was launched under the direction of Mr. Richard McCabe.
[Wilmington Morning Star – Thursday, October 23, 1913]
NEW RIVER BOAT.
The John W. Fredericks, Jr., Placed into Commission.
The steamer lighter John W. Fredericks, Jr., built and owned by Capts. J. D. Price and J. W. Fredericks, which was launched a few weeks ago, made a trial trip down the river yesterday afternoon. The trip proved very satisfactory to the owners who state that the boat is now ready for active service on the river. The steamer will cater to river business from Southport to Fayetteville. The boat is equipped with modern improvements for handling freight of all classes. The tonnage of the new boat is 214. The owners of the steamer are Wilmingtonians; both having served for a number of years with the United States engineer department in this district, severing their connection with the government a few months ago to build their new boat. Capt. Price will be master of the vessel and Capt. Fredericks will be the engineer. There is said to be a big field here for a boat like the John W. Fredericks, Jr., and the clever and popular owners of the boat will doubtless do a large business.
[Wilmington Morning Star Daily – Sunday, November 23, 1913]
STEAM LIGHTER FROM WILMINGTON.
Arrived at Wharves Here and Loaded
With 525 Bales of Cotton by Charles Haigh.
Captain Price arrived at the wharves here Saturday night, from Wilmington, with his big steam lighter for a cargo of cotton. Charles Haigh, leading cotton buyer, Monday loaded her with 525 bales of cotton, which he consigned to Alex. Sprunt & Son, Wilmington. The lighter is about the biggest boat of the kind that we have seen on the river here in some time, but we hope to see it at our wharves frequently hereafter.
[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday, December 10, 1913]
Largest Cargo Ever Brought Down
Wilmington Star, Dec. 11.
The new steamer John W. Fredricks, which will run between this port and Fayetteville, broke all previous records in the way of cargoes shipped to Wilmington from Fayetteville on her maiden trip. She arrived at the lower compress yesterday at 12:30 o’clock with 525 bales of cotton consigned to Alexander Sprunt & Son.
Capt. Jesse D. Price, the chief officer in command of the new boat, stated last night that she left Fayetteville Tuesday at noon and considering the low water in the river made remarkably good time. The initial trip was successful in every particular and there was not a single mishap of any kind in spite of the fact that she had on board such a large cargo for a river boat. When she discharges her cargo she will return to Fayetteville and will be regularly engaged in the river trade.
[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday, December 17, 1913]