Wooden steamboats required a considerable amount of maintenance to keep running. Steam engines and boiler often required the attentions of a machine shop to effect repairs. In particular, the BERTIE's hull deteriorated quickly and was ultimately replaced.

T. A. Perry, New Machine Shop in Plymouth, NC, undated
The Bertie, Windsor Albemarle Times, 16 June 1876
W. F. Askew, To Father [Zephaniah Askew], 18 August 1878
Machinery, Edenton Fisherman and Farmer, 23 August 1887