If you have ridden the Hatteras Inlet ferry you may have noticed several pilings on the beach on the north end of Ocracoke Island. This is all that remains of the US Coast Guard Station that was built there in 1917. It washed into the sea after a series of hurricanes in the mid-1950s.
The Hatteras Inlet Station during WWII:
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This was the second station built at Hatteras Inlet. The first was a US Life Saving Station constructed in 1883. In 1915 the Life Saving Service joined with the Revenue Cutter Service to create the Coast Guard. A second station, in Ocracoke village, had already been put into service in 1905. That building was replaced after WWII, and is now the campus of NCCAT (the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching).
The US Coast Guard still maintains a presence on Ocracoke. They and their predecessors have been an important part of island history for more than 100 years. We salute the "Coasties" and their contributions to Ocracoke and our nation!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.