In the 1950s Hatteras native, Frazier Peele, started ferry service across Hatteras Inlet. His first venture simply involved nailing a deck across a wooden skiff. The next year he built a proper ferry with railings and a ramp. It held three or four vehicles, but he couldn't always get close enough to shore because of the shallow water. At those times his passengers would have to drive their cars and trucks through several inches of salt water in order to reach the sandy shore.
As you can imagine, only the brave and adventuresome made the journey to Ocracoke in those days. But, my, how wonderful the island was back then!
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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of traditional island remedies. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032111.htm.