Want to ask a question? Click here

What is the history of the old wooden tugboat directly across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington?

Merton Vance
StarNews

It’s the tugboat Isco, which was abandoned there in the 1960s.

While it’s the most visible derelict from the other side of the river, it is one of more than 30 wrecks along Eagles Island, including at least nine tugboats and an assortment of paddlewheel steamers, barges, launches, skiffs and ferries.

In 1985, Richard Lawrence, director of the underwater archeology unit at Fort Fisher, which is part of the N.C. Division of Archives and History, cataloged the wrecks in a 1985 report. Other research has continued over the years.

According to his 1985 survey:

“This wood hull vessel had been identified by Mr. Donald Bordeaux, of Bordeaux Salvage and Marine Construction Company and Mr. William Murrel, of Wilmington Shipyard, as the diesel powered tugboat Isco. The vessel was abandoned sometime in the 1960s. It is not known when or where the Isco was built but it is reported to have come to Wilmington from Virginia. The site is located between the Hamme and Stone Marine Railways and the 55-foot-by-16-foot vessel lies perpendicular to the river alongside a dilapidated pier.

“Although the wood hull of the Isco is severely weathered and partially covered with vegetation the vessel is relatively intact. The superstructure is still in place and includes the wheelhouse, galley and head. The diesel engine was removed before the vessel was abandoned, however, two fuel tanks are still located in the hull as are the rudder and towing bitts.”

For more information on the Eagles Island and its wrecks:

www.archaeology.ncdcr.gov/ncarch/UAB/pdf%20Files/Wilmington_Historic_District_Addendum%5B1%5D.pdf

www.starnewsonline.com/article/20100202/ARTICLES/100209918

www.myreporter.com/?p=1735

User-contributed question by:
Jeremy

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!


Bookmark and Share

X
Ask a question
X

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.





Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Yes
Your question:

Post a comment
X

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.





Your comment: