'It was the first of January, in the new year, '48..." Thus begins one of the Outer Banks' best loved songs, the ballad of the "Charlie Mason Pogie Boat" which wrecked on Ocracoke's beach in 1948.
Written by Charles Stowe, this song was included in the 1977 release of an album of Outer Banks music, "Between the Sound and the Sea, Music of the North Carolina Outer Banks."
You can read more about this and other Outer Banks songs (and even listen to the first few verses) on the Smithsonian's Folkways web site: http://www.folkways.si.edu/TrackDetails.aspx?itemid=9498. My father, Lawton Howard even has a mandolin medley on the album.
Happy New Year to all of our readers...and welcome back for more news and stories about Ocracoke Island.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the early twentieth century Doxsee Clam Factory in Ocracoke village. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112110.htm