The Steamer CHATHAM

13 Oct







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THE Cape Fear Steamboat Co’s Steamer CHATHAM will run regularly between Wilmington and Fayetteville, commencing on Monday the 27th instant.—leaving Fayetteville every Monday and Thursday at 9 o’clock A. M. and arriving at Wilmington same evening giving Passengers going north an opportunity to take the cars next morning at 9 o’clock. And leave Wilmington on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 o’clock P. M. giving passengers by the cars, which arrive at Wilmington at 1 o’clock daily an opportunity to take the Boat to Fayetteville.

The Steamer GOV. GRAHAM, with the Tow Boats belonging to the Line will run in connexion with the Chatham, making one or more trips a week as circumstances may require.

Passengers and Freighters may rely upon the above arrangement. It is hoped that the necessary expenses to be incurred by this arrangement will be rewarded by an increased patronage: otherwise a loss will probably be sustained by the company, which will lead to a discontinuance of regular time of running.


Cape Fear Steam Boat Co.

Fayetteville, Jan’y 20, 1851.            55tf


[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday, January 28, 1851]




[boat image] The Steamer Chatham will resume her semi-weekly trips between this place and Wilmington, on Monday the 16th inst., leaving Fayetteville every MONDAY and THURSDAY thereafter, at 7 o’clock A. M., and running through the same day.—Leaving Wilmington every TUESDAY and FRIDAY, after the arrival of the cars from the North. The Steamer Gov. Graham, with as many Tow Boats as may be necessary, will run in connexion with the Chatham, as often as may be necessary to carry all Freights that may ##fer. The addition of another large Flat (the Gen’l McRae,) to this Line, affords increased facilities for the shipping public. Goods shall certainly have as quick transit by this Line as any other.


Cape Fear S. B. Co.

Feb’y 9, 1852.                    63tf


[Fayetteville Observer – February 9, 1852]




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THE return of low water renders it necessary that the Steamer Chatham should be employed as a tow boat. She will not therefore run as heretofore, on any regular days, until further notice.

JNO. D. WILLIAMS, Ag’t Cape Fear S. B. Co.

May 12, 1852.                    90-tf


[Fayetteville Observer, Thursday, January 20, 1853]




The body of Capt. James Wilkinson of this place, who was lost overboard from the Steamer Southerner, which he commanded, on the night of the 27th January last, was found in the river on Monday night last, taken on board the Steamer Chatham, Capt. Evans, and arrived here yesterday morning. It was consigned to the grave yesterday afternoon, attended by the Independent Company, of which he was a member, and a large concourse of friends of himself and his family.

We understand, that notwithstanding the long period since his death, the body was but little defaced, and that in his pocket were found his money, notes, and papers, (including a note written to his young wife just before starting from Wilmington, which something prevented his sending,) all in a good state of preservation.


[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday Evening. March 24, 1853]




EXPLOSION ON THE CAPE FEAR.—We regret to learn that the Steamer Chatham burst her boilers on Saturday morning last, on her downward trip, about 15 miles above Elizabeth.

The Captain, who was standing upon the upper deck, immediately above the boilers, was blown into the river, scalded, and otherwise injured. The fireman, a free negro named Dick, is missing, and is supposed to have been killed. One of the hands also, was seriously injured. The boat sunk immediately.

The Chatham is owned by the Cape Fear Company.


[Fayetteville Observer – Monday Evening – August 15, 1853]




Steamboat Accident.

We learn that the Steamer Chatham, belonging to the cape Fear Line, running between this place and Fayetteville, burst one of her boilers on Saturday last, when about thirty miles below Fayetteville, on her way down. She sank in seven feet water. A negro fireman was killed by the bursting of the boiler. The Captain was knocked overboard and another person slightly injured. Loss not known. We presume the Chatham can be raised and put again in order.


[Wilmington Journal – Friday, August 19, 1853]





On Saturday evening last our citizens were startled by the announcement that the Steamer Chatham, on her downward trip, about thirty miles below this place, had met with a serious accident by the explosion of her boiler.

We understand the explosion was caused by allowing the water to get too low in the boiler and then pumping in cold water while it was in a heated state.

The boiler was bursted all to pieces, throwing the smoke-stack a considerable distance on land and shattering the boat so badly that it sunk in six or eight feet water. Capt. Evans was knocked into the River and narrowly escaped drowning, the Boat floating over him. It was reported that his arm was broken, but we learn that his injuries are not as serious as at first supposed.

A free man of color, named Dick, from Newbern, who acted as fireman, was killed.

A negro man by the name of Fred, belonging to Mrs. Martin of Moore county, we understand was seriously injured.

The Chatham, never having complied with the steamboat law, did not carry passengers. Her freight consisted of Spirits Turpentine, Sheeting, and Printing Paper from the Mill of David Murphy, Esq. We suppose it will nearly all be saved in a damaged state.

The Boat, we believe, was owned by the Cape Fear Company, and was only insured against fire.


[The North Carolinian – Fayetteville, NC – Saturday, August 20, 1853]



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