Tuesday, May 25, 2004


On May 24, 1921 the schooner "Mary J. Haynie" wrecked on Ocracoke's beach. On today's date, May 25, in 1884 the steamer "Glasbolt" from Scotland wrecked at Ocracoke's South Point.

Relatively small portions of a few of the many shipwrecks along our coast can still sometimes be seen on the beach. Most of them are covered by sand but may be exposed after storms and hurricanes.

Within the last couple of months some old coins were found on the beach. Metal detectors are illegal in the National Seashore, but keep your eyes open!


  1. Anonymous6:13 AM

    I'm a Senior Citizen from Virginia Beach, and have visited your lovely Island several times. One of those times, we met people in the country store who remembered October, l913, when the "George W. Wells" went down off Ocracoke in a hurricane. What a delight it was to swap tales with those men! My great-uncle was the Captain of the Wells, a six-masted sailing ship out of New England ports, and one of the largest ships in the Ghost Fleet.
    (My name is Verna, and I'd love to hear more tales!)

  2. According to my information, the "George W. Wells" wrecked on Ocracoke's beach on September 3, 1913. I would love to have any information you might have about this ship, its captain, etc. You can write to me directly at pip@beachlink.com.

    You can also read more about Ocracoke storms and shipwrecks in our latest Ocracoke newsletter.