Thursday, May 25, 2006

Steamer Glasbolt & Dolphins

On May 25, 1884 the Scotish steamer "Glasbolt" with a crew of 16 and one passenger, on its way to Philadelphia with a load of fruit, wrecked on the South Point of Ocracoke because the captain misidentified the Ocracoke lighthouse. The weather was fair and the ship was in no immediate danger. The Life Saving crew "stade [sic] by them" until the wrecking steamer from Norfolk "come to her relief."


Yesterday a reader asked, "How often do local folks see dolphins? Do they swim in your waters more in the spring?"

Dolphins are plentiful in our waters. Particularly in the winter months when the surf is not too rough we see them almost any day when we walk along the beach. At times there are numerous pods cruising just beyond the breakers. Young ones, especially, seem to enjoy jumping and splashing and riding waves.

Actually, you may see dolphins at any time of the year. Just keep your eyes open and look for their dorsal fins as they gracefully break the surface.

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's the story of the Invasion of Ocracoke & Portsmouth in the War of 1812.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Based on the opening of your entry about the errant Glasbolt, I was expecting a story about a subsequent fruit feast among island residents, but I guess not all wrecks resulted in cargo washing ashore. Nonetheless, I know such incidents occurred over the years. What sorts of interesting flotsam/jetsam have you heard of washing ashore, and what're the more interesting things you and your acquaintances have personally encountrered along the beaches? Cheers!