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Gas-powered boats replaced the old steamboats that used to frequent the Tar River. These boats helped to introduce recreation along the river. For example, many local clubs and churches used these boats to have picnics down the river or have moonlight sails. These early boats included: Ola Forbes' Rubelle, Eagle, and the most famous boat of all, the "Alterio." However, this day, too, has passed. It permanently ended after the death of Captain John W. Murphey in 1956 at the age of ninety. He was the last riverboat captain from this era.