• A Description of Occacock, 1795

    In New Bern, North Carolina, in 1795, Francois-X Martin published an eight-page pamphlet by Jonathan Price titled A DESCRIPTION OF OCCACOCK INLET*. Jonathan Price, a
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  • The Hurricane of 1944

    Following is a transcript of a personal letter re. the 1944 hurricane on Ocracoke Island. It was written by the wife of one of the
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  • Island Stairsteps

    Instead of using the common terms “staircase” or simply “stairs,” older Ocracoke islanders are more likely to say “stairsteps.” I live in a typical small
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  • Howard’s Pub of Ocracoke Island

    In 1978 Ron Howard, direct descendant of an early colonial owner of Ocracoke Island, decided to build a pub on his property at the edge
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  • The 1899 Wreck of the Ariosto

    The following account comes from the Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 98, Number 126, December 25, 1899 (illustrations added): TWENTY-ONE OF THE CREW DROWNED British Steamship Ariosto
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  • Rex O’Neal Gigging Flounders

    This link will take you to a Coastal Voices audio of Rex O’Neal telling about the night that he fell overboard while gigging flounders off
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  • The Story of the Mailboat Aleta

    Follow this link to find out all about the Mailboat Aleta that began running trips between Atlantic and Ocracoke in 1938.
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  • Ocracoke’s Condomed Nautilus

    The World Submarine Invitational 1996, a human-powered submarine race pitting design teams from around the world, was held in San Diego, California, 3-12 April 1996.
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  • The Ocracoke Water Tank Caper

    The Ocracoke Water Tank Caper….or…That’s No Swimmin’ Hole – A Dingbatter’s Tale By Michael Mincher When I was in college I was fortunate enough to
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  • The Electrification of Ocracoke Island, 1936-2017

    On March 15, 2016, Heidi Smith, Manager of Economic Development for Tideland Electric Membership Corporation, presented a history of the electrification of Ocracoke Island to
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  • The Great Lighthouse Window Heist A First-Person Account

    by Ellen Fulcher Cloud, from her book, Ocracoke Lighthouse, 1993, Chapter 6. The Ocracoke Lighthouse and the structures within the compound were on the National
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  • The Rumgagger

    For several decades Capt. Rob Temple of the Schooner Windfall II and the Skipjack Wilma Lee has been composing piratical poetry and nautical nonsense which
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  • Cap’n Gary Bragg Still Makes Wooden Geese

    By Aycock Brown (Originally published November 13, 1938) Migratory wildfowl, ducks, geese and brant will be more plentiful along the coast of North Carolina this
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  • Earthquakes

    Sometime in the late 1970s (I didn’t record the date) I was standing in my parents’ living room on the corner of Lawton Lane and
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  • My Ocracoke: Life Amidst 250 Years of Family History

    (The following article is reprinted from the Outer Banks Magazine, Volume 4, 2016.) Story by Philip Howard Photographs by Daniel Pullen At one time nearly
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  • Ocracoke . . .The French Connection

    Most people familiar with Ocracoke are aware that European settlers in the early colonial period came mostly from the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, and
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  • July 4th Parade, 1953

    Following is an article written by Alice K. Rondthaler about one of Ocracoke’s first July 4th parades. It was published July 6, 1953. (Accompanying photos are
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  • A History of the Life-Saving Service

    from Pearson’s Magazine, 1903 by Theodore Waters “It will be the worst hurricane that swept the Cape,” said Captain Pugh of the Gull Shoal Life-Saving
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  • Sambo, The Life-Saving Horse

    “Sambo, the Life-Saving Horse” was written in January, 1968, by Allie (Teenie) Scott. This sweet story was never finished, but it provides a glimpse into the
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  • Between the Sound and the Sea

    March 21, 2016 Between the Sound and the Sea From 1973 to 1976 native North Carolinian Karen G. Helms (1947-2003), while earning a Master of
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  • Beatrice Wells, Child Evangelist on Ocracoke

    In the mid-1930s Pentecostal/Holiness evangelists began holding “preaching services” at the Ocracoke schoolhouse. In July, 1938, Miss Alice Austin, from Hatteras Island, and several others,
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  • Lost at Sea

    Following is a partial list of Ocracoke Island natives, residents, descendants & others associated with Ocracoke who were lost at sea or drowned (from ca.
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