A Notable Instance of Gallantry

10 Oct


Stolen Watch Recovered.

Some time last August, Capt. T. J. Green of the Steamer North State, was so unfortunate as to lose a fine gold watch, which was stolen from his room at home in Fayetteville by a burglar. The Captain immediately set to work to recover his faithful and valuable time piece and as the result of his labors his watch was returned to him a few days ago, having been found in the hands of a party who had bought it in Elizabeth City.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, July 9, 1875]


A Notable Instance of Gallantry.

We heard of a circumstance yesterday, connected with the captain of one of the Fayetteville boats, which we think too good to be lost, and of such a highly creditable nature withal that we give the name of the individual as Capt. Green, of the steamer North State. It seems that a young lady from Sampson embarked on his boat a few trips since with the view of visiting some of her relatives in Bladen county. It was the understanding that the young lady was to get off at a certain landing, where some of her friends were to meet her, but upon the arrival of the boat at the landing in question there was not a soul to be found to whose protection the fair passenger could be confided. Finally Capt. Green decided to take the young lady to the next landing, a mile and a half further up, where he expected to find a gentleman of his acquaintance who would cheerfully see her to her destination; but upon stopping at the place designated he found that also deserted, no one being present but a colored man, with whom he was not disposed to trust his passenger, whereupon, rather than see her disappointed or confide her to an irresponsible party, Capt. Green actually tied up his boat and trudged three miles and a half, climbing fences, fording branches and jumping ditches, saw the young lady safely to the home of her relatives, and walked back again to his boat, altogether a distance of seven miles, and proceeded on his trip to Fayetteville. Now, there is an instance of gallantry for you worthy to be compared with the most famed of ancient or modern chivalry.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, October 22, 1875, p.2, col.4]


A New Steamer.

Another new steamer has been added to the fleet which frequents our waters in the shape of the handsome Little Adrian, from the upper Black River, owned and commanded by our old friend, “Commodore” Charles Howe, of Franklin Township (formerly constituting a part of New Hanover, but now in Sampson county). The Little Adrian is named in compliment to our enterprising townsman, Mr. Aldrich Adrian, of the firm of Adrian & Vollers. In dimensions she is 85 feet long and 35 feet in width of beam, and her workmanship is of a substantial character. We hope her success may prove all that can be desired.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, November 19, 1875, p.2, col.6]



Sinking of a Lighter Loaded with
Salt – Narrow Escape of the Men
on Her, &c.

An accident quite destructive in its results occurred at the wharf of Messrs. Kerchner & Calder Bros., yesterday, about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. It appears that a lighter, or flat, belonging to Mr. John M. Robinson, had been loaded with about five hundred sacks of salt, and, as the hands were in the act of pushing her from the wharf, the side of the lighter next to the wharf seemed to drop from some projecting log upon which it had probably rested, when she careened over and went down. So sudden and unexpected was the accident, and so rapidly did lighter and cargo sink beneath the waters, that it was with considerable difficulty that the men on her at the time, six in number, were enabled to escape from being carried down with her, some of them being seized and pulled upon the wharf after the water had reached to their waists. Immediately upon sinking the lighter went to pieces, and will therefore prove a total wreck; while, of course, not a sack of the salt could be saved. Several colored men were engaged in dragging for it soon after the accident occurred, but succeeded only in recovering a number of empty sacks.

The salt belonged to Messrs. Kerchner & Calder Bros., and was valued at about $1 per sack or $500 for the entire load. The lighter, which, as before stated, belonged to Mr. J. M. Robinson, was a new one, just completed, and was valued at about $350.

The affair created considerable excitement on North Water street and a large number of curiously disposed flocked to the scene of the disaster, some of whom could not refrain from perpetrating the joke, although on such a serious subject, that “fish that may be caught in the river for some days to come will be already corned.”

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, December 3, 1875]


Colored Man Drowned.

Yesterday afternoon, about 1 o’clock, as the steamer North East , Capt. Paddison, was proceeding to one of the wharves in the lower part of the city, and when opposite Messers. Cassidey & Ross’ ship yard, a young colored man by the name of Wash Watkins, aged about 18 years, accidentally fell overboard from a flat attached to the steamer, and was drowned. At the time of the accident he was engaged in helping another one of the flat or lighter hands in removing a gangway, one end of which had been resting on the railing of the steamer, and the other on the flat, Wash, waling backwards, when one of his feet came in contact with an oar, which caused him to stumble, when he dropped the gangway, staggered backwards, and was precipitated into the river. When he rose to the surface he was about thirty or forty feet from the steamer. He splashed about in the water for a few moments, his friends on the steamer and flat shouting “Swim, Wash, we are coming to save you!” but he seemed to have utterly lost his presence of mind, and in a minute, or perhaps less, from the time he came to the surface he threw up one hand in a despairing way and went down to rise no more. In the meantime a boat had been quickly lowered from the steamer, and Capt. Paddison had seized an oar and a life preserver, but before any further steps could be taken the unfortunate boy was drowned. A boat also put off from the Revenue Cutter Colfax, which was near the scene of the accident, but could be of no assistance.

Deceased was a resident of Point Caswell, where he leaves a number of relatives to mourn his sad fate, and was esteemed an excellent, trustworthy hand by his employers.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, April 21, 1876, p.1, col. 5]


Body of a Drowned Man Found Floating in the River – The Inquest.

The body of a colored man was found floating in the river, near the “Dram Tree,” late Friday afternoon. The party who discovered it made the body fast to a stake when he came up to the city and notified Coroner Hewlett of the circumstance. The Coroner had the body brought up and landed on the beach near the Cotton factory, yesterday morning, when he proceeded to hold an inquest. There was no one present to identify the remains, which were apparently those of a young man about 18 or 20 years of age. There is scarcely any doubt, however, that the body is that of Wash. Watkins, who was drowned off a flat attached to the steamer North East, on Saturday of last week, opposite Messrs. Cassidey & Ross’ ship yard.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by drowning.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, April 28, 1876 p.1, col.4]


A Colored Man Drowned.

On Thursday night about 8’oclock, while the steamer A. P. Hurt, Capt. Worth, was on her way from Fayetteville to this city, and when at a point on the river known as “Indian Wells,” about thirty-seven miles above this city, a colored deck hand by the name of Sim Council fell overboard and was drowned. It appears that the boat stopped at the place mentioned to change the mail, and as the wind was blowing very hard at the time the boat swung round crosswise the river. Council had hold of a rope, a turn or two of which had been taken round a post, and was engaged in trying to force the boat into her proper position in the stream, when by some means he accidentally fell into the river. He was not able to swim a stroke, and was not seen to rise to the surface of the water after his unlucky plunge, hence the efforts made to rescue him were altogether useless. Capt. Worth remained at the spot about two hours, but failed to recover the body.

Deceased, who was about 30 years old, was formerly a resident of Bladen county, but had been living in Fayetteville for some time past, and was, Capt. Worth says, the best hand he ever had in his employ. He was unmarried and childless.

[Wilmington Weekly Star — Friday, March 16, 1877 p.1 col. 6]


Body Recovered.

The body of Sim Council, the colored man who was drowned off the steamer A. P. Hurt on the 8th inst., an account of which appeared in the STAR at the time, was recovered on Saturday last, about two miles below Indian Wells, the scene of the accident, by a colored fisherman, and an inquest was to have been held over the body yesterday. The body when found was in an upright position.

[Wilmington Weekly Star – Friday, March 30, 1877]

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