A New Steamer – the COLVILLE

26 Sep


A New Steamer.

The new steamer Colville, built at Messrs. Colville & Co.’s mill for Capt. Henry, formerly of the steamer Caswell, and intended to supply the place of that boat on the line between this city and Bannerman’s Bridge, on the Northeastern Cape Fear, made her trial trip on Monday afternoon. There were about twenty-five persons on board, and the boat behaved very handsomely, the machinery working as smoothly as could be expected. The Colville, named in honor of the senior proprietor of the mill, is a very neat and staunch little craft, evidently well adapted in every way to the purposes for which she is to be used.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday May 10, 1877]



Excursion on the Colville.

Our Pender friends had a delightful excursion, a few days since, on the new steamer Colville, on the Northeast river, which was followed by dancing, refreshments, &c., at Mr. G. Z. French’s landing. At a subsequent meeting on board of the steamer over which Mr. James H. Moore presided, Mr. J. P. Murphy acting as Secretary, resolutions of thanks were voted to Capt. R. C. Henry for the great pleasure afforded them, and also to Mr. French for the accommodation furnished for dancing, &c. Mr. W. T. Bannerman and Dr. H. F. Murphy addressed the meeting and spoke in very complimentary terms of Captain Henry.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday June 15, 1877]



Colored Man Drowned.

A young colored man, by the name of Thomas Dudley, steward on the steamer Colville, Capt. Henry, running between this city and Bannerman’s Bridge, Pender county, was accidentally drowned off that boat on Monday night last. The accident was not observed by any one on the boat, and, in fact, the young man was not missed until the Colville had arrived at her wharf. He was last seen when the boat was about three miles from town, about half past 9 o’clock, at which time the crew were engaged in putting in wood from a flat, two of which were in tow, while Dudley was employed in cleaning up his supper dishes. It is usual for him to lay down and take a short nap after his labor is performed, while awaiting the arrival of the boat at her destination, consequently his disappearance was not noted. Upon reaching the wharf, however, which could not have been more than thirty minutes after he was last seen, Capt. Henry called him to get a match for some purpose, when it was found that he was tripped up in some manner by one of the ropes attached to the flats in tow and thrown overboard, when he was immediately sucked under by the Colville or one of the flats. Deceased was about 22 years of age and leaves a wife and one child at Bannerman’s Bridge, where he lived. He has been in the employ of Capt. Henry for about four years, and is represented to have been attentive to his duties and strictly honest and trustworthy in every respect, so much so that Capt. H. would not have parted with him for any consideration if he could have helped himself.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday September 7, 1877]



Body Found – Inquest.

The body of Thomas Dudley, the young colored man who was drowned off the steamer Colville on Monday night last, an account of which was published in Wednesday’s paper, was found yesterday just this side of Rat Island, a little over three miles from the city. The remains were brought to the neighborhood of Messrs. Blossom & Evans’ distillery, where Coroner Hewlett, who had been notified, held an inquest over the body yesterday afternoon, the jury returning a verdict in accordance with the facts as already stated by us.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday September 14, 1877]



— A correspondent at Dublin, Laurens county, writing to the Savannah Morning News, under date of October 29, says: “The steamer Colville arrived at our wharf early this morning. The boat is owned by a company of North Carolina gentlemen and a few of our people, and is to run between this town and the Central Railroad. As the pioneer of an important enterprise, the Colville has been an object of general and intense interest to our people all day, who are now signalizing the event with big guns and other fireworks, while the officers and owners of the boat are being entertained at the Troup House at a public supper. The Colville is the first boat that has ever come up the river on low water (and it is now very low), thereby proving the fact that a boat can run on our river at all stages of the water. We look to this as a beginning of a new era in the business relations of our town and county with Savannah and the outside world generally, and we hope it will receive the attention and co-operation from the Central Railroad and its Board of Directors which its importance to them will warrant. The work on the Oconee river begun by the company some weeks ago is progressing rapidly, and before long we hope the Colville will be making regular trips to and from the Oconee bridge, to the great delight of our merchants and the travelling public.” The Colville was built here by Messrs. Colville & Co. and was formerly on the line between this city and Bannerman’s Bridge, up the Northeast river.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – November 9, 1877]


Our River Disaster – Colville





The steamer Colville, we stated last week was sunk at the wharf at Dublin and suspicion was entertained that she was scuttled.  After a week’s labor, on Saturday morning, she was raised, and is again floating gently upon the Oconee’s peaceful bosom.  But alas!  There was the work of him who would scuttle a boat and cut a throat.  At the stern of the boat, after getting her above the water, a two inch auger hole was found, and through this the water ran.  As another evidence that the steamer was scuttled, the hole was bored just about eight inches above the water, and in order to sink her, it would be necessary to topple her first, and to do this the renegades had lifted several hundred pounds of lead and other freight to one side, and this caused the boat to topple. Great indignation was expressed at the matter.  How fearful the thought that we are being encompassed about with such men – who, in order to carry out their hellish designs, would rob you when asleep and scuttle a boat.  It is a terrible thought and though none but an avenging God may ever know the perpetrator, yet a guilty conscience will follow him to his grave and stamp him at last with condemnation. – Dublin Gazette.

[Hawkinsville Dispatch – Thursday – October 4, 1883]


Steamer Sold.

The Dublin Gazette of last Thursday says that “last Monday a trade was consumated by which the steamer Colville passed from the hands of its owners, the Oconee River Steamboat Company into the hands of John Swain, of Darien.  The consideration of the sale was $1,200 and this amount was paid in cash.  She will now be run upon some of the lower rivers.  The Colville has been the means of many hundred pounds of freight to Dublin, and it is with a feeling of sadness that we submit to the loss of her old familiar toot.  The owner did well in her sale, and the purchaser, we presume, will get his money back.

[Darien Timber Gazette — Saturday Morning, December 15, 1883]


The steamboat Colville, recently purchased by Mr. Robert V. Bowen, came up to Hawkinsville last week, and is now here being made ready for service on the Ocmulgee.  Mr. Bowen passed through Hawkinsville on Monday on his way to Savannah by rail.  He lately purchased the residence of Major Pate, in Hawkinsville, and will probably move here this month.

[ Hawkinsville Dispatch — Thursday, January 3, 1884]




The Steamer Colville.

We are pleased to learn that Mr. Robert V. Bowen is doing a good business with his boat on the Ocmulgee.  The Colville leaves Hawkinsville every Monday morning for landings down the river, and is carrying guanos, corn, bacon, flour, etc., at low rates.  This boat can run on low water, and will certainly do a fine business.  Mr. Bowen a few days ago bought the stock of flour of the wholesale house here, and is shipping it to points on the river.  The merchants of Hawkinsville have large stocks of merchandise, and can and do sell at Macon and Savannah prices.

[Hawkinsville Dispatch — Thursday, March 6, 1884]


Boating on the Ocmulgee – Two Steamers
Leaving Hwkinsville Regularly.

We visited our wharf on Monday morning and found two steamers – the Colville and Mary Jeter – loading with freights for Old Lake, Jordan’s Bluff, Abbeville, Hendley’s Landing, Indian Bluff, Bowen’s Mill or House Creek, and other points on the Ocmulgee.  There has been an immense increase of business on the river, and the transportation of goods and naval products has become profitable to those owning boats.  The East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, co-operating with these boats, has reduced the freight on rosin to Savannah to fifty cents per barrel, and spirits turpentine to seventy-five cents per barrel.  The boats take the rosin and turpentine and deliver it at the depot in Hawkinsville, giving through bills of lading to Savannah at the prices above stated.

There are now several large turpentine farms and distilleries on the river, and large supplies of goods are required.  With a little effort the merchants of Hawkinsville can sell all the goods needed by these industries and enterprises, and the boats are ready to transport them at very low rates.

We are glad to see the boats doing such a fine business.

[Hawkinsville Dispatch — Thursday, May 1, 1884]


Excursion to Abbeville.

A number of our citizens, young men and ladies, embarked on the steamer Colville on Monday last for Abbeville to attend the Sunday school celebration and Masonic meeting at that place on Tuesday.  The Colville took passengers at excursion rates – one dollar for the round trip.  The boat will return to Hawkinsville to-day.

[Hawkinsville Dispatch — Thursday, June 26, 1884]


The Steamboat J. C. Stewart – Her Arrival
At Hawkinsville – Freight and
Passenger Accommodations.


The new steamboat, J. C. Stewart, from Wilmington, N. C., to Hawkinsville, on Monday night last, in charge of Capt. J. G. Bagley, with Anderson Newsome and George Bennefield as pilots, arrived at Hawkinsville.  The Stewart is a boat of substantial construction, with a carrying capacity of one hundred and twenty-nine tons and accommodations for twenty cabin passengers.  She was built in Wilmington, N. C., last summer for Messrs. Lasseter, Ham & Co., of Hawkinsville, and this is her first trip up the Ocmulgee.  Capt. Bagley left Wilmington on the 4th inst., but lay up several days at Darien.

The Stewart has a light draught of eleven inches, and can traverse the Ocmulgee at six and a half to seven miles an hour up stream.

She brought up on her first trip several bales of cotton and three hundred barrels of rosin and spirits turpentine, and carried down a large quantity of flour and other merchandise for landings between Hawkinsville and Lumber City. The boat is 101 feet in length and 21 feet beam.

Captain Bagley, who was in command of the Stewart, informed us he was in Hawkinsville thirty-four years ago (1852) as engineer of the steamboat Isaac Scott, which may be remembered by some of the older citizens. He says the Isaac Scott on her first trip from Hawkinsville had on board eight hundred and eight bales of cotton for Savannah.  All the cotton raised in this portion of the State in those days was carried to Savannah by boats on the Ocmulgee.

There are now three boats on our river, and all are owned by the business men of Hawkinsville.  Mr. Robert V. Bowen, who owns the Mary Jeter and Colville, is now building a new boat at this place. The railroad track has been extended to the river, and the wharf shows that business is lively.

[The Hawkinsville Dispatch – Thursday Morning, December 23, 1886]

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