loyalists in the south were starving.
The people of New York generously contributed a cargo of food and Capt.
White secured the charter to take the food south. EL.K. Dow [sic], the
son of a Wall St. Broker sailed on the Shedden as super cargo [sic] to
distribute the food among the sufferers. The vessel took the cargo
to Hatteras Inlet from which point the goods were distributed throughout
the country roundabout.
While there the government took the
Shedden as a store ship and she was used in that capacity until after
the capture of New Bern and Roanoke. The boat, however, continued in
the Government service as a transport in North Carolina waters until
1864 when Capt. White retired from the coasting business. John H White,
one of Capt. White's sons was with his father for many years. He has
in his possession three or four log books kept by his father. One of
the entries made on April 30, 1864 was very interesting. On that day
Little Washington, North Carolina was evacuated and there was hot fighting in the
neighborhood. The entry follows:
The day came in with moderate
breeze from northwest. At 1 AM let go anchor at Hill's Point, Pamlico
River. At 8 AM took steam and towed to Little Washington. Troops
about leaving town. At 10 AM towed into stream and took aboard
all contraband. Towed to Hills Point Battery. Took aboard four
cannons, quantity of ammunition and more contraband.
Voris of the Highland Beach, the passenger steamer now plying
between Red Bank and the Highlands, was in the government service
and a passenger on Capt. White's schooner at the time.
A few years
after he retired from the Coasting Trade Capt. White was made
inspector of the dredging of the Shrewsbury River. This engagement
occupied his time for almost four years. He owned the Yacht Idel,
which he sailed on the Shrewsbury for pleasure for a number of
years. He sold the yacht a few years ago.
Capt. White was married
twice. His first wife was Hannah Allen from Manasquan and by
her he had six children - Gordon, John H. and Frank White and Annie,
wife of John H Worthley, of Red Bank; Clarence of Asbury Park,
and Evelyn, the last named child being dead. His second wife
was Phebe Newman, also of Manasquan, and three children were born
to them - Idel, wife of Albert Doremeus and Carrie, wife of Newton
Doremus of Red Bank, and Nelthia. Nelthia died several years
Capt. White was a good upright
citizen, and while in the coasting trade was considered one of
the best sailing masters in the country. Although firm in his ways,
he was patient and always fair and square.
His funeral will be
held from the house tomorrow afternoo at 2 o'clock and Rev. F.
R. Hareaugh will conduct the service. The burial will take place