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"The Steamer BERTIE", Windsor Public Ledger, 31 July 1889
About eighteen years ago there was but one boat running between Windsor and
Norfolk, the steamer Currituck, making the trip once in eight days.
Seeing the need of better transportation facilities Messrs. C. T. Harden,
Solon Askew, W. F. Askew and W. D. Mizell built the steamer Kalula, a
small side wheel boat 43 feet long, which made three trips a week between
Plymouth and Windsor, carrying the mail and running about a year, when it
was seen that a larger boat would pay. Messrs. C. T. Harden, Solon Askew
and W. F. Askew then built the steamer Bertie at a cost of $6,000, Capt. L
Thrower being her architect and builder. Mr. H owning a half interest and
the Messrs. Askew a fourth each. After running about five years Mr. H.
bought out Mr. Solon Askew's interest, he owning then three-fourths. The
boat was run regularly until six years ago when Mr. H. became the sole
owner, afterward selling one-fourth interest to Mr. R. C. Bazemore. He
then had the mail increased to a daily mail service by the Government.
The stock on the boat was then valued a $100 per share, and one share each
was sold to Messrs. R. P. Phelps, D. C. Winston, and T. H. Bazemore.
About this time the boat was rebuilt at a cost of $2,500 at Elizabeth
City, by Capt. L. Thrower, her original builder. In about two years Mr H.
purchased Mr. R. C. Bazemore's interest. Since which time up to the
present she has been run by these owners.Capt. W. F. Askew was in command
from the time of her building up to about seven years ago, when Capt. W.
T. King took charge for about two years, after which Maj. I. Pipkin was in
command for about a year, when Captain Askew again took charge with Major
Pipkin as purser. Last year Captain Askew secured a more lucrative
position and since that time Major Pipkin has been both purser and
captain.She has been lately taken to Norfolk, Va., where she has been
rebuilt and remodeled from the keel up, machinery overhauled and put in
first class order at the shipyard of E. J. Seeds & Co., her carrying
capacity being largely increased.This line should receive the liberal
patronage of the people and of the business men of Windsor for the great
benefit she has been in increasing the freight transportation and in
giving us a daily mail service, and we sincerely hope that such may be the
case. Remember, that "old friends are the best friends."
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