Walking along the beach a couple of days ago I noticed that the bones of a long ago wrecked ship were more exposed than I'd seen them in quite a while. Some years ago the National Park Service documented the known wreckage on Ocracoke Island, and if I remember correctly, were unable to identify any of the several vessels.
The remains of this ship lie north of the Pony Pen, very near to where the steamboat "Home" met her doom in October of 1837. The Home was one of the most dramatic wrecks because it ran ashore far from the village before a Life Saving Station was established on the island...and because ninety people lost their lives when the ship broke apart.
So, without any certain evidence, I nevertheless imagine that these timbers are the remnants of the Home. In any event, they are still a dramatic reminder of the perils of travels by sea along the North Carolina coast.
(Click on photo, by Jim Fineman, to view a larger image.)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter tells the story of Ocracoker, Kelly O'Neal, and the 1951 revolution in Siam (Thailand). You can read it here: