Steamboat Inspection Service
LOCAL DISTRICT OF SAVANNAH, GA. 1901.
August 25.—Steamers Louise and D. Murchison collided in Savannah River near Sisters Ferry. No loss of life or property. Damage slight. Accident investigated, and license of W. D. Armstrong, master and pilot, and of Ed. G. Turner, Jr., suspended.
Captain W. D. Armstrong (born January 13, 1861, Owens Ferry, Georgia; died January 17, 1914 in Savannah, Georgia). Captain Armstrong was for many years one of the leading black politicians of the area, and for two years served as chairman of the Republican County Committee. He held a pilots license and was well known along the Savannah River. He was a leading member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias (Olympia Lodge and at that time the J. W. Armstrong Lodge) and also a member of Eureka Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of St. Philip A.M.E. Church on West Broad and Charles Streets.
Thornton, Thomas H, engineer on steamer D Murchison
Haddock’s Wilmington Directory 1871