Recently a reader asked this question: "To the point of beachcombing, metal detectors are not permitted anywhere on the ocean beaches of Ocracoke, are they?"
The answer is no. Metal detectors are prohibited in all US National Parks.
A related question was: "Separately, aside from the stories
of salvaged cargo from wrecks over the years, any anecdotes you have to share
(yours or from others) re. particularly noteworthy beach finds?"
I have heard or seen evidence of the following being found on the beach within the last 100 or so years: hundreds of bunches of bananas, top hats, gold coins, Indian arrowheads, dozens of shoes (originally destined for Jim Jones' People's Temple in Guyana), fruits and vegetables (apples, onions, and oranges), and thousands of bags of Doritos in 2006 (http://hamptonroads.com/node/189201).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the War of 1812. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102112.htm.