Saturday, February 11, 2006

Old Records

Dale stopped by this afternoon. He had been "up the beach" to visit the National Park Service archives several days ago. Park employees had allowed him to make copies of the Portsmouth Island US Army Signal Corps weather records from 1876 to 1881. Many of the entries documented work and repairs on the telegraph line from Hatteras Inlet to Drum Inlet.

We spent nearly two hours reading these century-and-a-half old reports that included information on storms, gales, hurricanes, shipwrecks, fires, and waterspouts that helped shape our barrier islands and the hearty folks who called this home.

It was a good day to sit around the dining room table and examine these old reports. Today has been bleak, dreary and chilly, with light rain and mist since early this morning.

Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is Gary Mitchell's essay "I Believe in Pot-Lucks," published January 23, 2006. You can read it here:


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