Last week I accompanied Capt. Rob, Hunter, and Steve on the Wilma Lee. We were taking her to Wanchese, NC for a routine Coast Guard inspection.
We were motoring in fog for much of the trip; in heavy fog as we approached a particularly treacherous narrow & shallow area near Oregon Inlet, appropriately called Hell's Gate. "During a two-week period in late November ,
no less than eight commercial and recreational vessels ran aground in
an area of the inlet known as Hell's Gate." (http://www.ncwaterman.com/article.asp?id=1244).
We made it safely through. Here is a photo I took before the fog got too thick:
After we docked at the boat yard a crane arrived, ready to pull the mast for the inspection:
Then we hoisted Rob up the mast in the bosun's chair so he could attach a becket high enough to be above the pivot point.
After the mast was removed, the Wilma Lee was hauled out of the water for a hull inspection.
Other than a couple of minor issues, including painting the bottom, the Wilma Lee looks like she will soon be ready for another season on Ocracoke,
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter from a former slave to Ocracoke Native Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.