Thursday, January 20, 2005


On January 18, 1893, the schooner, "Adder Henry" was stranded at Hatteras Inlet after being pulled from her mooring by a buildup of ice.

On today's date, (January 20), 1921, the five-masted schooner "Caroll A. Deering" was grounded on Diamond Shoals. All sails were set. Days later, when the US Coast Guard was able to board the ship, they discovered not a single member of the crew. Curiously, the galley tables were prepared for dinner and food was in the oven. The only living thing aboard was the ship's cat.

Immediately the Deering came to be known as the "Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks." To this day no one knows what happened to the captain and crew.

For years portions of the Deering lay on the beach on Ocracoke. In the 1970's what was left of the schooner washed over to Hatteras Island. Keep your eyes open for spirits of the crew if you walk along the beach on the northern end of the island (especially after dark!).

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