Tuesday, May 15, 2012


When I mentioned the "newly renovated Berkley Manor" in Saturday's post I received several questions about this project. The renovation surprised islanders as much as readers of this blog. Because I missed the open house on Friday I couldn't reliably answer many of the questions people had.

On Monday the Ocracoke Current, our new on-line island "newspaper" reported that "between 20 - 38 men worked 7 days a week for 5 weeks to renovate the Berkley." Even though we had noticed the workmen, most of us had no idea of the extent and quality of the repairs.

The Current has the full story with photos showing the exterior and several of the rooms. You can read Jenny's well-written article here: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/31742.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Project Nutmeg, and how Ocracoke almost became a site for testing nuclear weapons. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042112.htm.


  1. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Question, Philip: A look at Ocracoke webcams Tuesday evening reveals blustery gray skies, threatening clouds, and boaters out on Teach's Hole. Considering the risk of lightning, is a boat (and its occupants) electrically grounded by its very nature? Or is there some sort of grounding line that boaters might employ for such protection? Never thought of it before; knew I could "Google" it; but figured that insight from the horse's mouth--you or perhaps some of your fellow blog-reading seafarers would be more..satisfying. Thanks, as always.

  2. Anon 6:29 -- You are not, of course, alone in wondering how risky it is to be in a boat (especially a sailboat with a tall mast) in a lightning storm.

    Back in the 1970s a friend with a sailboat made arrangements with a young man to live on his boat in exchange for looking after it. I soon learned that I would find the young man sleeping between rows of merchandise in my storage room any morning after a thunderstorm. He simply would not stay on the boat with lightning piercing the sky.

    I have heard boaters say that lightning will not strike a sailboat...and I know of at least one sailboat that was struck. I believe some sailboats have lightning rods that are connected below the waterline.

    Maybe one of our readers (a meteorologist or a physicist?) can tell us more.

    Thanks for the question.

  3. Anonymous2:06 AM

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