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    • Blimp towed by Atlantic Sentry

    • airships, blimps,
    • One of two aerostats tested in Wilmington, N.C., in the fall of 1986 for possible purchase by the Coast Guard for anti-smuggling work. The balloon, tethered to a ship, carries radar equipment to track incoming ships and planes.
    • Theodosia Burr Aliston

    • Alston, Theodosia Burr, 1783-1813; Alston, Joseph, 1778-1816; Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836
    • Portrait of Theodosia Burr Aliston. Theodosia Burr Aliston (1783-1812?) was the daughter of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. She married Joseph Alston of Charleston, SC, who would later become governor. Their only son, Aaron Burr Alston, died in...
    • Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson

    • Anderson, Edwin Alexander, 1860-1933; Admirals--United States; World War, 1914-1918
    • Portrait of Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson. Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson (1860-1933) was born in Wilmington, NC. He went on to fight in the Spanish-American War in 1898 and was promoted by an Act of Congress for his extraordinary heroism. ...
    • Beaufort, NC.

    • Beaufort, Otway Burns, Canon
    • Tomb of Capt. Otway Burns (1775-1850), War of 1812 hero and shipbuilder. Burns’ ship, the Prometheus, visited Wilmington in 1817.
    • John Newland Maffitt

    • Blockade; Soldiers--Confederate States of America; Farmer
    • Photograph of John Newland Maffitt. John Newland Maffitt (1819-1886) was born at sea when his parents were immigrating to the United States from Ireland. Maffitt was brought to North Carolina by an uncle who adopted him in the late 1820s. He held...
    • CFCC Student Paints the Dan Moore

    • Boats, Cape Fear Technical Institute
    • Wallace Leroy Fisher puts on a coat of primer paint on the riggings of the Dan Moore. The Dan Moore is a research vessel belonging to Cape Fear Tech. The ship and crew of students just got back from an 8 day training cruise to the Chesapeake Bay...
    • Cement Ship Sails Under Bridge

    • Bridges, ships, Ideal Cement Company, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC
    • Henry Stewart and friend Marry Sutton wait out the Catfish & Rock while the Keva Ideal sails under the Memorial Bridge 1/12/72. By the way, they hadn't caught any fish, but both agreed that it was a nice way to pass the time.
    • Tender Moment

    • British naval ships, State Port, Wilmington, NC
    • Parting shot..DeDe Hickox of Wilmington spends a tender moment with Gareth Rowlands, a sailor with the HMS Bristol before he boarded the ship to leave the port city. The Bristol crew had been in the port city since Monday and left on Friday to go...
    • Runners from HMS Bristol

    • British naval ships, Wilmington, NC
    • After arriving in Wilmington late Sunday afternoon, the dozen runners from the HMS Bristol ham it up at Riverfront Park in the afternoon sun. The runners trekked from Mayport to the Port City to prelude the arrival of their ship which will dock in...
    • Cape Fear River.

    • Cape Fear River, Eagles Island, Point Peter, Steamer
    • A steamer is in the river in front of Eagles Island. Point Peter is in the background. The Native Americans called the river, "Sapona," which is formed by the junction of the Haw and Deep Rivers in Chatham County, NC, and flows southeasterly...
    • Feast of Pirates

    • Cape Fear River, Feast of Pirates, Pirates, Boats, John Knox, Menantic, Ferry
    • This b&w photograph captures a pirate ship prepared for the inaugural Feast of Pirates festival in 1927.
    • Cape Fear Quarantine Station, Southport, N.C.

    • Cape Fear River, New Hanover County, Brunswick, diseases
    • Picture of the Cape Fear Quarantine Station at Southport. All vessels coming into port had to stop and be checked for contagious diseases. Infected individuals were quarantined here and their ship was sprayed with sulfur before continuing to the...


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