Many of our readers may have already learned that ferry service across Hatteras Inlet has been hampered for several days because of shoaling in the inlet. It is often impossible to operate the ferries at times of low tide. If you will be traveling to or from Ocracoke we recommend that you contact the NCDOT Ferry Division for the latest information. You might also consider using the Swan Quarter ferry (but be sure to secure a reservation).
We understand that a dredge will be stationed at Hatteras Inlet soon. Once the channel is deepened normal ferry service will resume. We will let you know when that happens.
Rumors had been circulating that tomorrow's British Cemetery Ceremony will be cancelled because of the problems at Hatteras Inlet. This is NOT the case. The Coast Guard may not be in attendance, but as one of my neighbors put it, Ocracokers have been organizing and leading the ceremony since 1942. There is no reason to cancel it. With or without the participation of the Coast Guard or any other agency, the Ocracoke community will see that the ceremony takes place. We haven't lived on this island for so many generations without learning how to take care of ourselves.
We hope to see you there.