12 Nov



NOTE: Steamer North Carolina not mentioned in boats on the Cape Fear river as of March 1859.

Recovery of the Body of Capt. Evans.—The body of Capt. Evans , of the steamer Kate McLaurin, and that of one of the negro deck hands, was found by some raftsmen on Friday evening last about 5 miles below Whitehall, and 30 miles this side of the scene of the disaster. There were no bruises on the person of Capt. E. to indicate that he had died from the effects of the explosion. It has been supposed that he was stunned, and while in that state was drowned.

The body, when found, had upon it some $45.00 in money, and a gold watch, besides other articles of light value. It was put on board the steamer North Carolina and sent to Fayetteville.

[Wilmington Daily Herald – Monday Evening, June 4, 1860]

BODIES RECOVERED.-We learn that on Friday last the body of Capt. W. T. Evans, late of the Steamer Kate McLaurin, was found at Elwell’s Landing, on the Cape Fear River, about twelve miles below the scene of the fatal explosion by which Captain Evans lost his life.  Captains Hurt, of the A. P. Hurt and Barber, of the North Carolina, paid the last sad respect to the remains, which could not be removed, but were buried near to the place where found.  There were no indications of any blow or other severe injury.  The bodies of the two deck hands have also been recovered and buried.

[Wilmington Journal – Thursday, June 7, 1860]


WILL leave Fayetteville and Wilmington until further notice, on the following days:  From Fayetteville on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 ½ A. M., and from Wilmington Wednesday and Saturdays at 2 P. M.


[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday Evening, January 29, 1863]

DROWNED.— A negro pilot, on the Str. North Carolina, fell overboard and was drowned in the Cape Fear river, below this place, one day last week.

[The Fayetteville News – Tuesday, May 15, 1866]

FROM ABOVE.- Three Fayetteville steamers, the GOV. WORTH, ORRELL, and NORTH CAROLINA, arrived last night, and one this forenoon (the MARION), with good cargoes of naval stores.  They bring no news of moment.

The river is now in fair boating order, the largest steamers making their trips without detention.

[Wilmington Evening Star – Wednesday Evening, September 25, 1867]

ARRIVED.- The Fayetteville steamers NORTH CAROLINA and ORRELL arrived last night with full freights.  We have tried our “level best” to corkscrew an item out of Orrell and Green, both, but we can’t do it.  Everything keeps “kam and serene” in the Fayetteville section; nobody gets murdered or drowned; and this Local is miserable.

[Wilmington Evening Star – Saturday Evening, September 27, 1867]




13 – Steamer North Carolina, Green, from Fayetteville, to Williams & Murchison; with 123 bbls rosin, to Moffit, Bro & co; 11 do turpentine, to A Alderman; 23 do rosin, to A Johnson & Co; 13,000 shingles, 1,000 staves, to B F Pridgen; 159 bbls rosin, 2 do dried fruit, to Williams and Murchison.

Steamer Halcyon, Johnson, from Fayetteville, to A Johnson & Co; with 104 bbls spirits turpentine, 377 do rosin, 4 boxes tobacco, to Birdsey & Robinson, Worth & Daniel, A Johnson & Co, Williams & Murchison, A McKimmon & Co.

Schr Montana, Bearns, from New York, to Worth & Daniel; with mdze.



13 – Steamer North Carolina, Green for Fayetteville, by Williams & Murchison.

Steamer Halcyon, Johnson, for Fayetteville, by A Johnson & Co.

Steamer Gov Worth, Hurt, for Fayetteville, by Worth & Daniel.

Steamship Mary Sanford, Moore, for New York, by Worth & Daniel; with 428 bbls spirits turpentine, 584 do rosin, 259 bales cotton, 30 bushels peanuts, 4 bales rags, 100 hides, 8 pkgs mdze.

Schr Adeliza. McWilliams, for Arroyo, Porto Rico, by O G Parsley & co; with 15 bbls tar, 5 do pitch, 154,000 feet lumber.

[WDJ    Thursday, May 14, 1868]

{Excerpt from article regarding boiler explosion of the R. E. Lee}

… The R. E. Lee was owned by Williams & Murchison and belonged to the Express Line. This boat was built here in 1866-’67 of excellent material, and was still in good order. It was sold to the present owners about last of 1868 or first of 1869 for about $11,000, and had more than paid for itself, we learn, up to the time of the accident. The machinery, boiler and engine of the Lee are the same that were used on the steamer North Carolina which had been used several years before the Lee was built. The boiler was made new for the North Carolina, and the same engine and machinery now on the Lee was used on the ill fated Magnolia that blew up near White Hall in 1858, when Capt. J. M. Steadman and others were killed…

[The Eagle – Fayetteville, NC – Thursday, August 24, 1871]


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