Wednesday, November 06, 2013


The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge, Merritt, has been working for months deepening ferry channels around Ocracoke. The Merritt is a side discharge dredge. Other types of dredges commonly working in our coastal waters include pipeline dredges (they pump the discharge through pipes to a remote location), and hopper dredges (they pump their discharge into an on-board hopper, then dump their load in deeper water at some distance from the channel).

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:

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