Tristrim Lowther Skinner owned a one-fifth interest in the Albemarle Steamship Company, which operated the Stag and the Curlew. He and his partner (and former brother-in-law) Dr. Thomas D. Warren, also owned the old India Wharf property in Edenton.
The iron steamer Curlew was appropriated by the Confederate Navy in 1861, and after being shelled in the battle of Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862, was run aground and burned the next day.
Christopher Olson, The Excellent Iron Boat: The Curlew in Antebellum North Carolina and the Civil War 1856-1862 (Kindle 2011) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LE97IQ
Wills of Tristrim Lowther Skinner, 1853, 1857, and 1861, Skinner Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.