Friday, October 14, 2005

Wreck of the Pioneer

Fall is in the air. Sleeping with windows wide open and a light breeze wafting through the bedroom is a pleasure eagerly anticipated. Such days we've been having.

Our leaves don't turn spectacular colors (cedar, live oak, yaupon, bay, myrtle, & pine all keep their greenery year 'round). But signs of the changing season are apparent. Days are shorter, the ocean temperature is cooler, our streets are quieter. In many ways this is the best time of the year here on the island.

However, October 14, 1889 was a day of misfortune, at least for certain mariners. On that day the wooden steamship "Pioneer" laden with general cargo wrecked on Ocracoke's beach. The crew was saved, but all manner of goods washed through the village prompting a scurry of scavenging. It must have been quite a scene. You can read the story here, in our Ocracoke Newsletter:

Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old August Storm of 1899, published September 15, 2005. You can read it here:


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