Saturday, August 23, 2008

Victoria S

On this date in 1925, the four-masted schooner, Victoria S, wrecked on Ocracoke's beach. It was one of the shipwrecks that my father remembered well. The brass ship's clock from this vessel hangs on the office wall of the Bluff Shoal Motel. There is an interesting story (Ocracoke's first automobile accident) associated with the wreck of the Victoria S. Look for it in a future Ocracoke Newsletter.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "One Reason to NOT Move to Ocracoke." You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Another teaser, guess we will have to wait until the next newsletter to learn more. At Ocracoke speeds guess no one has ever been killed in a auto accident on the Island. By the way, our local rural Post Office, tried putting up bulletin boards, but the USPS managers in our area say it’s against Federal laws and made him take it down. Our postmaster & family use to frequent the OI campground, so he has seen your board and loved it, like we all do. Hope the powers that be, don’t make them take it down one day........ Nollie

  2. Anonymous5:25 PM

    Hey Philip ~ In Walkertown NC where I live we are starting a Historical Soceity & do you have any suggestions you could share with us about getting started? I would appreciate any advice or right now words of encouragement. Slow process but I know in time it will be well worth it. I am counting the time we will be coming to Ocracoke in Oct. Can't wait. Thanks, Terrie @ Walkertown NC

  3. OK, it was a teaser. But I am working on the story of the Victoria S for the next newsletter. It should be ready later this week, or next week. Keep an eye out for it.

    Re. historical societies: Wow! This is such a big subject, and I don't know that I'm the one to give much good advice. I'm sure that much of what you need is available from the North Carolina State Preservation Office ( and from Preservation North Carolina ( They should be able to steer you in the right direction. Best of luck to you.