Thursday, July 24, 2014

Navy Base

The Ocracoke WWII Navy Base was much more than the Loop Shack Hill installation (see earlier posts). The primary facility was located where the Coast Guard Station/NCCAT building, NPS Visitors Center, Parking area, and OPS museum, are today.

Use the instructions on the right to enlarge the aerial photo below (courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center) to see the many structures & buildings (barracks, mess hall, hospital, water tower, etc.) which the Navy had on the island during the war.

The WWII era photo below (courtesy OBX History Center) shows the  US Coast Guard Station (now the NCCAT building ) with the earlier US Life Saving Station/US Coast Guard Station on the right. The old station was demolished after WWII.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here:  


  1. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Great new photos offering great new perspectives on Ocracoke. Thanks--as always--Philip.

  2. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Hindsight is 20-20. So many locales today, popular locations were first sleepy little towns visited by the US military for various reasons. It is my understanding Vail Co was a training place for alpine skiing-- military personnel trained on the slopes.Years later some savvy vets saw the potential in the area and invested... the rest is history.

  3. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Outstanding pictures Philip. I thought that I had seen all the available photos of this building. At one time I probably had a dozen or so - but not these. These are new to me. Thank you.

  4. Anonymous7:54 PM

    Thank you Phillip for the way you share the island in ways we would never know and the way you deal with folks that have a burr in their blanket.You do it with kindness and great island upbringing.nick@debby