Friday, February 17, 2006

Lambert Tree & A.F. Crockett

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.

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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:56 PM

    70s and blue skies?!? It's gunmetal gray with falling temps here in PA. Send pics to sustain us!

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  2. I agree with the first comment. Temps started in the 40's and went down from there after a big wind with speeds in the 60mph to 70mph range. Reminded me of my last visit in May of '05. Now about 5-10 degrees with threats of rain, sleet, snow, or whatever might really come out of the sky. I am hoping that this year's visit will find temps. in the 70's...Looking forward to May and another relaxing week on Ocracoke. I look forward to another ghost walk, or at least a great visit to the Village Craftsmen store. Judy

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