Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Bedfordshire

At 11:40 pm on this date, 1942, in the ocean off the coast of Ocracoke, the German submarine, U-558, sent a torpedo into the side of the British armed trawler, HMT Bedfordshire, killing all hands. On the morning of May 14 two Coast Guardsmen from the Ocracoke station patrolling the beach discovered a body washed up in the surf. At about the same time a civilian discovered a second body near the inlet. Some time later another two bodies washed up on Ocracoke. It was presumed that all four men were sailors from the Bedfordshire.

These British sailors were laid to rest in Ocracoke village, in what is now known as the British Cemetery.

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This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here:

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