Friday, February 12, 2016

Dolphins

Dolphins are always a delight to see. I have often seen them while sailing in Pamlico Sound (sometimes so close I could have leaned over the side of the boat and touched them), or while riding the ferries. Dolphins are most often sighted in the winter months, just beyond the breakers.













At one time, dolphins and whales were hunted in coastal North Carolina. In case you missed it, we published an article about whale and porpoise fishing on the Outer Banks in August, 2015. Click on this link to go to it: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082115.htm.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Summer Event, Mid-1950s

Here is another Ocracoke photo from the Charlie Jones/Mary Ruth Dickson collection. Take a close look, and answer the four question below if you can.













l. What is the event?
2. Where was the photo taken?
3. Who is astride the pony?
4. What are the three prominent houses in the background?

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shipwreck

Almost 2,000 sailing vessels have wrecked off the coast of the Outer Banks. Still today, ship timbers are occasionally uncovered on the beach, especially after a storm or hurricane. This photo (from the Charlie Jones/Mary Ruth Dickson Collection) was taken sometime in the mid-1950s.


















Can any of our readers identify this ship, and tell us in what year it wrecked? If you can, please explain how you know. 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Lighthouse Steps

Last summer Lou Ann discovered that Brook Ashley had the only photograph I am aware of that shows the original wooden stairs in the Ocracoke Lighthouse.

Compliments of Brook Ashley


















Pictured on the stairs is Dare Wright (1914-2001), model, photographer, and author of popular mid-twentieth century children's books, including The Lonely Doll, and Holiday for Edith and the Bears (set on Ocracoke Island).

According to a 1975 clipping from the Coastland Times, "The wooden stairs inside the Ocracoke Island lighthouse were replaced [in 1950] with a steel spiral stairway at a cost of about $3,000." Indications of the original stairs are still visible on the inner wall of the lighthouse.

Photo by Philip Howard













For more information about Dare Wright and her books, including Ocracoke in the Fifties (edited by Brook Ashley and John Ogilvie), visit http://www.darewright.com.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Storm Damage

Below is an early morning photo of a tree that cracked and broke last night during high winds. It is in the front yard of the Village Craftsmen. (Click on the photo to enlarge for a better view.)

Photo by Amy Howard


















There was also high water in areas of the village, but I haven't heard of any major damage or serious flooding.

Hovercraft

Here is an idea that seemed promising at the time, but never "took off." In 1970 a Raleigh business, Variety Vacations and Sports Enterprises, introduced the new idea of using hovercraft on the Outer Banks. "Able to travel on both land and water," the hovercraft was demonstrated for the curious in Roanoke Sound. Hovercraft use blowers to produce a large volume of air below the hull that is slightly above atmospheric pressure, which lifts the vessel above any flat surface.

I couldn't find a picture of a 1970 hovercraft, but located this one of a recent hovercraft in operation in Germany.

Photo by Stoaberg (Wikipedia)
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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Hunting

Waterfowl hunting has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for hundreds of years. Here is a 1960s photo of an Ocracoke hunter. Can any of our readers identify this man?


















For information about waterfowl hunting in the 2015-2016 season, click here: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Regs/Documents/Waterfowl-Late-Seasons.pdf.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Big Freeze

Thurston Gaskill (1902-2000) remembered "The Big Freeze of 1917." In David Shears' 1989 book, Ocracoke, Its History and People, Thurston recalls that winter:

"You could walk on the ice of Pamlico Sound. You didn't try to walk all the way across because it was anybody's guess as to how thick it froze. I've no doubt that you can't solidly freeze a body of water as close to Ocraocke Inlet as we were located, at our hunting camp on little Beacon Island about three miles west of Ocracoke. One could look out and see not just a flat sheet of ice but real mounds where the ice had skidded on top. My father and I and our companion named Bill Williams spent 21` days at the camp. For heating we just had our regular supplies for the plain wood stove. Wood was all we'd got. We had no radios in those days so we just sat it out."

For more about the Big Freeze of 1917, read our 2014 post: The Winter of 1917-1918

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.