Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Black Squall

It has been unseasonably chilly lately. It was downright cold last night. The folks who braved the Ghost Walk were bundled up in jackets, hooded sweatshirts, scarves, and gloves. But it was a great night for a walk down Ocracoke's quiet lanes. The moon was peeking through ominous looking clouds, silhouetting the twisted branches of old live oaks and casting shadows in the graveyards.

This morning I remembered that today is the 148th anniversary of the wreck of the brig Black Squall. This was a very interesting wreck. It occurred before a Life Saving Station was established on Ocracoke, and it is remembered so many years later because of its unusual cargo. You can read the story here:

In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. You can read it here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.

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