The Middle Years

04 Nov



“City of Fayetteville” Had Part of

Hurricane Deck Torn Away


She Was Making About Fifteen Miles Per Hour

and in Making a Turn Went Into Left Bank

of River – A Tree Which Extended Over the Bank

Tore Part of Deck Away,

Broke Whistle and Bent Smoke Stack.

Steamer Delayed Only a Short Time

by the Mishap.


The steamer City of Fayetteville arrived from Fayetteville yesterday morning about 10 o’clock and on her way down she met with an accident that caused a part of the hurricane deck on the port side of the vessel to be torn away. The mishap occurred a short distance below Raccoon Bluff. The steamer was taking a point to the starboard and the pilot got a little farther than he intended and to right the vessel put her in the opposite course. Before he could put the vessel to starboard the steamer went into a tree that overlapped the left bank. The hurricane deck on the port side for a length of about 15 feet and width of 6 feet was torn away and the smoke stack on the port side was slightly bent. Just before the City of Fayetteville struck the tree a limb which extended some little distance out over the stream broke the whistle. This allowed the steam to escape and the engine room was so filled with steam that the engineer was unable to see what was transpiring and it made such a noise that he could not hear the bell. He knew something had happened and guessing the cause reversed his engines. If this had not been done the damage would no doubt have been far worse.

When the accident occurred the steamer was making about 15 miles per hour. The river is up considerably and with the aid of the rapidly flowing stream, the steamer was making good time. There were quite a number of passengers on board and for a few moments some of them were a little frightened but it was all soon over.

The steamer was delayed but a very short time by reason of the accident and was not disabled in the least.

At the point where the accident occurred the river is not very wide and it is very crooked. The speed at which the steamer was going no doubt caused her to meet with the accident for had she been going slow the pilot would have had time to change her course with far more ease.


[Wilmington Messenger – January 3, 1906]


After completing slight repairs here, the steamer City of Fayetteville resumed her run on the Cape Fear yesterday clearing for Fayetteville at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.


[Wilmington Paper – January 12, 1906]


The steamer City of Fayetteville cleared for Fayetteville just before day yesterday morning carrying a very large cargo of manufactured fertilizers and general merchandise.


[Wilmington Paper – February 3, 1906]




The Dublin correspondent of the Clarkton Express writes that paper as follows:

It appears that steamboating is to regain its former prestige on the upper Cape Fear The Tar Heel Steamboat Company are at present running the steamer Tar Heel, and will soon place the fine new steamer C. W. Lyon in commission on the river. The company has been very successful since its organization, the Tar Heel having paid handsomely and the growing business of the company necessitated the building of another boat. The C. W. Lyon is said to be the first iron hull boat ever built in North Carolina. It is an up to date boat, and will be equipped with all modern conveniences, including electric lights. A few months ago Mr. T. D. Love, of Wilmington, purchased the magnificent steamer City of Fayetteville, and organized a stock company to operate it, and the steamer is now making regular trips between Wilmington and Fayetteville. With the C. W. Lyon and the City of Fayetteville, both plying the waters of this important stream, the passenger and freight accommodations will be superb. During the past several years farmers have been greatly annoyed during the spring months on account of freight congestion on the river, but now the boats will be able to handle the freight all right, which will be a great advantage to those getting their freight by water along the river. They will also carry much through freight, because they furnish much cheaper rates than the railroads do.


[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, February 8, 1906]


Capt. LeRoy Smith has succeeded Capt. Henry Edge as master of the steamer City of Fayetteville. Capt. Edge goes on the steamer Tar Heel, succeeding Capt. Jeff Bradshaw, who is now in command of the new steamer Lisbon.


[Wilmington Star – March 7, 1906]




Important Announcement as to Steamer City of Fayetteville.

The splendid river steamer City of Fayetteville, the most elegant perhaps ever operated on the Cape Fear, will cater to the excursion traffic between Wilmington and Fayetteville this Summer. This announcement was made by Mr. T. D. Love, general manager of the line, yesterday. The idea is to place the handsome boat at the disposal of select parties from the two cities during a half of each week during the heated period and there appears no doubt of the success of the experiment.

The excursion idea involves a change in the schedule of the steamer which goes into effect at once. The “Fayetteville” in the future will leave Wilmington on Thursday afternoons of each week at 4 o’clock and leave Fayetteville Tuesday mornings at 8 o’clock for the general freight and passenger business. After those days the boat may be chartered, by parties giving pleasure trips from Wilmington to Fayetteville and vice versa, leaving here at 6 P. M. Thursdays for Fayetteville, returning leave Fayetteville Saturday mornings # o’clock arriving in Wilmington at 10 P. M. Saturday nights. The boat on excursion days will be entirely at the disposal of parties and will be operated on a fast through ### round trip


[Wilmington Star – May 3, 1906]


The “City of Fayetteville.”

The steamer City of Fayetteville, which has been tied up in Wilmington for a month or two having her boilers replaced by those of the old Highlander, which were recently recovered from the river near Georgetown, S. C., where the steamer burned, will be put in commission again this week. It is understood that Mr. S. P. McNair will have charge of the affairs of the steamer at this end of the line. The old boilers in the boat were too expensive to steam for the river operation. A number of other improvements have also been made to the “Fayetteville.”

[Wilmington Star – October 14, 1906]

City of Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville (1906 or later)



Steamer City of Fayetteville Will Resume Her Regular Run Thursday—Mr. S. P. McNair Now General Manager

Equipped with new boilers, refitted throughout and painted afresh, the “City of Fayetteville” will resume her regular trips on the Cape Fear river between Wilmington and Fayetteville on Thursday of this week, with Capt. Roy Smith in charge as captain. The “City of Fayetteville” is by long odds the longest and handsomest steamer on the Cape Fear and is a combination passenger and freight boat with a licensed capacity for 110 passengers.

It will be interesting to the general public to know that Mr. S. P. McNair succeeds Mr. T. D. Love as general manager of the line, the latter having embarked quite extensively in the machinery and supply business with the Hyman Supply Co. Mr. McNair is one of Wilmington’s most successful business men and a gentleman of large experience. The other officers of the boat line remain the same as before, viz; Z. W. Whitehead, president, Oliver Evans, vice-president; T. D. Love, secretary, and S. P. McNair, treasurer and general manager.


[Wilmington Dispatch – October 16, 1906]



Sion P. McNair (c1892)


“Fayetteville” Sails To-morrow.

As previously noted the installation of the new boilers and the general overhauling of the steamer “City of Fayetteville” are now about completed and the boat will clear to-morrow, resuming her regular schedule between this city and Fayetteville. Mr. S. P. McNair is now in charge of the boat which is one of the handsomest on the river.


[Wilmington Star – October 17, 1906]


“City of Fayetteville” Cleared.

The steamer City of Fayetteville having completed her recent improvements, cleared yesterday for Fayetteville, and will make her regular schedules in the future on the Cape Fear. Among the passengers yesterday were Mr. S. P. McNair, the new agent, and Mrs. McNair, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Register, and Mr. T. D. Love, former agent of the steamer.


[Wilmington Star – October 18, 1906]

Inspecting River Steamboats.

United States Steamboat Inspectors Fred B. Rice and J. T. Borden Thursday inspected the steamer City of Fayetteville and also the Tar Heel. The City of Fayetteville was found to be in good condition, but such was not the case with the Tar Heel. The Wilmington Messenger says that when the inspectors went on the steamer they found men at work patching the boiler, which appeared not to be in the best of condition. After examining the boiler Supervising Inspector Oast advised his local inspectors to condemn the boiler, which of course, will be done. The boiler has been in use for the past 26 years and is said to be absolutely worn out. It will take some time to get a new boiler here and get it installed, so the Tar Heel will be out of commission for some time to come. Both of these boats run between Wilmington and Fayetteville.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, November 29, 1906]

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