The Steamer JUNIPER

11 Jan

—– The Sentinel says:  A new Boat, called the Worth, has been placed on the river between Wilmington and Fayetteville.

The above paragraph is not Worth much, from the fact that the new boat is not called the Worth.  Her name is the Juniper, and her captain’s name is Worth.  We have a boat called the Governor Worth,  about two years old.

[Wilmington Star – October 5, 1869]

Boats and Navigation on the

Cape Fear River.


…  The Juniper also a light new boat is run by Capt. A. Worth, but not on regular schedule.  This boat is owned and used by the Messrs. Bullard, Willard Bros. & c., and some week or two ago went up to Averasboro during a freshet, and received there a heavy load of naval stores, and could not return until the freshet yesterday…

[The Eagle – Thursday, January 20, 1870]

Fayetteville and Wilmington.

(120 Miles by River.)

Leave Fayetteville at 7 A. M., arrive at Wilmington same day at 7 to 10 P. M., (except that Steamers of People’s Line leave now at 5:30 A. M.)


MONDAY—Steamer Hurt, Capt. S. Skinner; Str. Cumberland, Capt. Phillips.
TUESDAY—Str. D. Murchison, Capt. Garrison, Str. North State, Capt. Green.
WEDNESDAY—Strs. R. E. Lee, Capt. Wm. Skinner; Str. Juniper, Capt. A. Worth.
THURSDAY—Steamers Hurt and Cumberland.
FRIDAY—Strs. Murchison and North State.
SATURDAY—Strs. R. E. Lee and Juniper.
Leave Wilmington at 2 p. m., arrive at Fayetteville next day at 6 to 9 a. m.


MONDAY—Steamers R. E. Lee and Juniper.
TUESDAY—Strs Hurt and Cumberland.
WEDNESDAY—Strs. D. Murchison and North State.
THURSDAY—Steamers R. E. Lee and Juniper.
FRIDAY—Strs. Hurt and Cumberland.
SATURDAY—Strs. D. Murchison and North State.
FARE—including state-room and meals, $3. Deck passage $1.

The Steamers Hurt and Juniper are of the Cape Fear Steamboat Company—J. A. Worth Agent at Fayetteville, Worth & Worth Agents at Wilmington.  Steamers Lee and Murchison are of the Express Steamboat Co.—J. D. Williams & Co. Agents at Fayetteville.  Williams & Murchison Agents at Wilmington.  Steamers Cumberland and North State are of the People’s Line—J. B. Starr Agent at Fayetteville, A. Johnson, Jr. Agt. At Wilmington.

The Hurt carries the United States mail each trip.

By above schedule, steamers on downward trip from Fayetteville, pass Cedar Creek about 8 1-4 a.m.; Willis’s Creek 9 1-4 a.m.; Elizabethtown 12 M.; White Hall 2 1-2 p. m., Railroad Bridge 7 p. m., arriving at Wilmington in time to connect with 9 p. m. train going north.  On upward trip from Wilmington, they pass Railroad Bridge (4 miles) about 2 1-2 to 3 p. m., (at which time and place the boats may connect with Wil. Charlotte & R. R. R. and with Wil. Columbia & A. R. R.); White Hall 9 p. m.; Elizabethtown 12 1-2 a. m.; Willis’s Creek 4 a. m.; Cedar Creek 6 a. m. reaching Fayetteville generally in time to connect with Western Railroad, 7 a. m.

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – Thursday, July 27, 1871]


—  The steamer Hurt, Capt. Skinner, arrived here from Fayetteville Thursday night, having left that place on Monday.  She passed the steamers Murchison, Juniper, Cumberland and North State all aground on Morehead Shoals, 37 miles this side of Fayetteville.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Sturday, October 7, 1871]

     UNDER REPAIRS.— The Steamers Hurt and Juniper of the Cape Fear and People’s Line are laying at their wharves under repair.

 [The Eagle – Thursday, March 6, 1873]

The Steamer Governor Worth.

     We learn that the steamer Governor Worth, now at Fayetteville for repairs, is being thoroughly overhauled and remodeled, with the view of adapting her to the purpose of excursions on the river; not with the intention, however, of course, of confining her to that business altogether.  She will be furnished with new beams from stem to stern, new upper works, and new wheels, the latter to be constructed so as to give them about eight inches more dip than those now in use, with the view of increasing her capacity for speed.  The steamer Juniper will take up a lot of lumber to-day, to be used in the work of reconstruction, and when the Worth again makes her appearance in our waters, which will probably be about the 1st of July, at the furthest, we may expect to see a wonderful improvement in her appearance, as well as in her adaptability to the purpose for which she will be in part used—that is, excursions.

[Wilmington Morning Star – May 15, 1874]

Our River Steamers.

     The steamer Juniper, Capt. Skinner, formerly run by Messrs. Vick & Mebane, has been purchased by the Cape Fear and People’s Line, and will hereafter be run in connection with that line.  The United States mail, between this city and Fayetteville, heretofore carried by the Juniper, will from this date be transported by the steamer A. P. Hurt.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Tuesday, March 14, 1876]

Conwayboro Telephone 12061879 Juniper

Conwayboro Telephone 12061879 Juniper

Conwayboro Telephone 04031880 Juniper Ad

Conwayboro Telephone 04031880 Juniper Ad

     In 1878 Messrs. Burroughs & Collins had laid the foundation for the present line of steamers by purchasing The Juniper.

[The Independent Republic Quarterly – Vol. 24, No. 2 – Spring 1990 – p.31]

     The first steamboat which ran on the Waccamaw River from Conway to Georgetown was the “Juniper”.  This was brought from Wilmington, N. C., and continued in use until the “Maggie” was built.  Capt. Williams was captain of this boat.

[The Independent Republic Quarterly – Vol. 15, No. 2 – Spring 1981 – p.5]

See the following article for a comment upon the age & condition of the Juniper, at the time she was purchased to run on the Waccamaw river.  There is also a note that the Juniper was rebuilt as the Driver.

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