Monday, February 03, 2014

The Anna R. Heidritter

In May of 1942 one of the last great coastal schooners, the four masted Anna R. Heidritter, wrecked on Ocracoke beach. Captain Bennett Coleman was the youngest of the eight crewmen. He was 63 years old!

The Anna R. Heidritter in the Breakers at Ocracoke

You can read more about the Heidritter here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the 2013 Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count. You can read it here:


  1. Great link to a good story! It would seem that the captain, though, couldn't buy a break in the end...

    1. A very fitting and poetic end for great-great Grandpa Coleman. Family stories and letters suggest he loved the sea and felt he wouldn't sail again if he ever lost the Heidritter.

  2. Fascinating. Thank you.