Portrait of Captain John Jarod Adkins.
John Jarod Adkins (1851-1951) was born in New Hanover County, NC, the son of a renowned blockade runner. He received his pilot's license in 1870 and devoted himself to the duties of pilot, guiding many ships through the Cape Fear River. Captain Adkins also was involved in the Spanish-American War, supplying revolutionists with arms, ammunition, and food while captaining the U.S.S. Waban. After the war, he was instrumental in the improvement of the Lower Cape Fear River and served as delegate to the Atlantic Deeper Waterway Convention. Captain Adkin served as inspector of the Emergency Ship Building Corporation during WWI and held a license from the steamboat inspector service that allowed him to command any vessel of any tonnage in any ocean. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Ship captains United States
Fisher, R.H. Biographical Sketches of Wilmington Citizens. Wilmington: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company, 1929.
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