Today is February 17. Twice on this date in the 19th century Ocracoke Island was witness to calamitous shipwrecks. In 1841 the schooner "Lambert Tree" ran aground on Ocracoke. In 1885 another schooner, the "A.F. Crockett," wrecked about two miles north of the village in rough seas.
There is little chance of a shipwreck today. Of course the heyday of schooners is long over; and the weather today is just plain super. With highs near 70, bright skies, and a light breeze this would be a mariner's dream.
Look for a more detailed account of the wreck of the A.F. Crockett in an upcoming newsletter.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is Gary Mitchell's essay "I Believe in Pot-Lucks," published January 23, 2006. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012306.htm.