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Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., Steamboats on the Tar Collection


Captain Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., (1913-1981) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1935 after which he entered the Navy and graduated from flight training school in 1936 as an aviator, ultimately achieving the rank of captain in 1962. Bridgers suffered a heart attack in 1965 that forced his retirement from the Navy. Returning to his native Edgecombe County, N.C., he became a well-known local historian who wrote about railroads, banking and steamboats in eastern North Carolina. At the time of his death in 1981, Bridgers had spent years researching and writing a manuscript entitled Steamboats on the Tar that remains unpublished.This collection consists of an unpub ... (more below)

Title

Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., Steamboats on the Tar Collection

Collection Number

PC.5099

Date(s)

1819-circa 2000

Box 1Box 2Box 3Box 4Box 5Box 6Box 7Box 8
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
3.30
Abstract

Captain Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., (1913-1981) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1935 after which he entered the Navy and graduated from flight training school in 1936 as an aviator, ultimately achieving the rank of captain in 1962. Bridgers suffered a heart attack in 1965 that forced his retirement from the Navy. Returning to his native Edgecombe County, N.C., he became a well-known local historian who wrote about railroads, banking and steamboats in eastern North Carolina. At the time of his death in 1981, Bridgers had spent years researching and writing a manuscript entitled  Steamboats on the Tar that remains unpublished.

This collection consists of an unpublished manuscript in three versions and related research materials entitled  Steamboats on the Tar. Included are books, maps, photographs, notes, correspondence, clippings, and vessel enrollment forms pertaining to steamboats operating in eastern North Carolina waters from the early 19th century forward.

Physical Location

4A6-4A0

Creator

Bridgers, Henry Clark, Jr.

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


Available for research.

This collection contains additional materials that are unprocessed and currently not available to researchers. For information about accessing these materials, contact Outer Banks History Center staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for research may take up to six months.


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Processed by Courtney Clarke.

Encoded by Tama Creef, July, 2008 and Stuart Parks II, December, 2008


Captain Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., (1913-1981) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1935 after which he entered the Navy and graduated from flight training school in 1936 as an aviator. He joined Patrol Squadron 7 in San Diego, California, and in 1939 became an instrument training instructor at Pensacola, Florida. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific as operations officer of Fleet Air Wing One, receiving the Legion of Merit for combat operations in the Solomon Islands. In 1945, he commanded Fighter Squadron 42 and then Carrier Air Group 42 aboard the USS Sicily. After training at the General Line School and the Naval War College, Bridgers became navigator of the USS Midway (1952). He achieved the rank of captain in 1963 and took command of the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. Bridgers suffered a heart attack in 1965 that forced his retirement from the Navy.

Returning to his native Edgecombe County, N.C., he became a well-known local historian who wrote about railroads, banking and steamboats in eastern North Carolina. At the time of his death in 1981, Bridgers had spent years researching and writing a manuscript  Steamboats on The Tar that remains unpublished to this day.


[Identification of item], PC.5099, Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., Steamboats on the Tar Collection, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


The research materials and  Steamboats on the Tar manuscripts by Captain Henry Clark (Harry) Bridgers, Jr. came to the Outer Banks History Center through historian, author, and founding benefactor of the Outer Banks History Center, David Stick. He obtained the work after the death of Captain Bridgers in July, 1981 through Bridgers' family. After having met David Stick and sought his input regarding his research and unpublished manuscript, Captain Bridgers left instructions with his wife that the materials be turned over to Stick. Bridgers hoped that Stick would either publish an edited manuscript or turn it over to another qualified person who would. While Stick had the collection at his home in Kitty Hawk, he added several books, reports and monographs to the collection along with additional research notes and indexes that he completed. Stick retained the documents until August 2000, when he turned them over to historian and author Lindley S. Butler with the understanding that they would be donated to the Outer Banks History Center when Butler was finished researching and writing a book. By 2003, Butler had changed his research focus, and turned the still unpublished materials over to the Outer Banks History Center.


Captain Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr. Collection, East Carolina University, Joyner Library, North Carolina Collection


The collection consists of two versions of Bridger's manuscript  Steamboats on the Tar, including two copies of the 2nd draft, one of which was reviewed by Marie D. Moore, North Carolina Division of Archives and History. Extensive research materials used in writing the manuscript make up the rest of the collection.

Microfilm printouts from eight newspapers reporting on steamboats in North Carolina waters from 1824 to 1912, along with photocopies and clippings from other published works on this topic are included. There is a folder of handwritten research notes including charts, lists, and a hand drawn map pertaining to the presence of steamboats in North Carolina waters. A separate folder pertains to Civil War boats. Bridger created a chronology of North Carolina steamboat history compiled from various newspapers. Information has been organized into charts from documents that were required for steamboat operation in N.C. waters. There are approximately 300 photographs and postcards depicting steamboats. Oversized items include photocopies of original Certificates of Enrollment and maps of the Tar/Pamlico River.


  • Steamboats--North Carolina
  • North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations
  • Steam-navigation--North Carolina
  • Pamlico River (N.C.)
  • Tar River (N.C.)
  • Stick, David, 1919-

Folder: 1:2.1  
Handwritten

Folder: 1:2.2  
Typed draft

Folder: 1:2.3  
Typed draft with review comments by Marie D. Moore, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

Folder: 1:3.1  
Original

Folder: 1:3.2  
Edited

Folder: 2.4.1  
Correspondence

5269  
Clippings

Folder: 2:4.2  
Newspaper
1824-1912
Folder: 2:4.3  
General

Folder: 2:4.4  
Handwritten Research Notes

5273  
Executive Documents of the House of Representatives

Folder: 2:4.5  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1862-1863</unitdate>
1862-1863
Folder: 2:4.6  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1863-1864</unitdate>
1863-1864
Folder: 2:4.7  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1864-1865</unitdate>
1864-1865

5277  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War of the Rebellion</title>

Folder: 2:4.8  
Series I - Volume XVIII, 1887
5279  
pgs. 210 - 255, 612
Folder: 2:4.9  
Series I - Volume XXXIII, 1891
Folder: 2:4.10  
Index
Folder: 2:4.11  
Series I - Volume XXVII - In Three Parts, Part II - Reports, 1889
Folder: 2:4.12  
Series I - Volume XVIII, 1887
5284  
pgs. 46 - 48, 105 - 106, 157 - 158, 181 - 182, 612 - 613, 618, 646 - 647

5285  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navy in the War of the Rebellion</title>, Series I - Volume 8

Folder: 2:4.13  
pgs. 1 - 85
Folder: 2:4.14  
pgs. 100 - 191
Folder: 2:4.15  
pgs. 200 - 293
Folder: 2:4.16  
pgs. 300 - 497
Folder: 2:4.17  
pgs. 500 - 629
Folder: 2:4.18  
pgs. 650 - 841

Folder: 2:4.19  
Steam Navigation in Virginia and North Carolina Waters
1826 - 1836

Folder: 3:4.20  
Civil War Boats

Folder: 3:4.21  
Chrono C

5295  
Steamboat Record Groups

Folder: 3:4.22  
I
Folder: 3:4.23  
II

Folder: 3:4.24  
Extracts from Certificates of Enrollment

Folder: 3:4.25  
All Sources vs. Certificates of Enrollment

Folder: 4:5.1  
Beaufort

Folder: 4:5.2  
Camden/Elizabeth City

Folder: 4:5.3  
Edenton

Folder: 4:5.4  
New Bern

Folder: 4:5.5  
Plymouth

Folder: 4:5.6  
Washington

Folder: 4:5.7  
Wilmington

Folder: 4:5.8  
Information on Vessels from NC Ports

Folder: 5:6.1  
N.C. Newspapers on Microfilm

5311  
N.C. Department of Archives and History, 1971

Folder: 5:6.2  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Steamboat Days</title>

5313  
Fred Erving Dayton
1925

Folder: 5:6.3  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Steamboats: A History of the Early Adventure</title>

5315  
Ralph T. Ward
1973

Folder: 5:6.4  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Flood Plain Information Tar River at Louisburg, N.C.</title>

5317  
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1968

Folder: 5:6.5  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Flood Plain Information Tar River and Stony Creek, Rocky Mount, N.C.</title>

5319  
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1968

Folder: 5:6.6  
<title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Inland Steam Navigation in North Carolina</title>

5321  
Thomas H. Sloan
1971

5323  
Bound Volumes

Folder: 6:7.1  
I
Folder: 7:7.2  
II

Folder: 8:8.1  
Maps

5328  
Rivers and Creeks in Eastern North Carolina

Folder: 8:8.2  
Certificates of Enrollment (photostats) with U.S. General Services Administration Order Forms and Research Notes