Steamer - Wilmington (II)
Builder: Langley B. Cully
Built: Baltimore, MD 1839
Captains: Charles Ivy (1839)
Specifications: 172-feet long by 24-feet wide, with a cargo hold depth of
10 feet. The vessel displaced 400 tons and could handle up to 100 passengers.
The 135-horsepower engine was built by Watchman & Bratt of Baltimore.
Notes: Second steamer
to bear this name. Built for the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad, this steamer
was used to carry passengers between Wilmington and Charleston, SC. The
estimated construction cost was $60,000. It was sold to foreign owners in 1854.
The dining room on the vessel was 40-feet long and 12-feet wide,
illuminated by 11 windows on each side. The decoration included an imitation of
porcelain pilasters between the windows, cornices and gilding. The saloon
features woodwork of crotch mahogany and bird's-eye maple.