On this date two-hundred and fifty-five years ago the Spanish Treasure ship, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, laden with a million pieces of eight, anchored off of Ocracoke after barely surviving a fierce storm in mid-August. Some reports indicate that a portion of the treasure was spirted away by an unnamed captain of a passing sloop; and the remainder transported to Spain. Others believe the ship broke apart and that her treasure still lies buried beneath the sands at the bottom of Pamlico Sound, somewhere between Ocracoke & Portsmouth Islands.
Very occasionally someone walking our shoreline will find a coin or artifact from years ago. If we ever find anything we'll be sure to let you know. Or maybe you will be the person to locate the "Guadalupe's" treasure, or maybe even Blackbeard's.
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]