Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ferry Schedule Changes

On Tuesday, March 17 the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division announced a change in ferry schedules for several routes, including Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. The following is from their press release:

"Changes to the Pamlico Sound toll trips involve not adding in the extra summer runs. For the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes, the winter schedule will remain in effect year-round.

"Departure times from Cedar Island and Ocracoke will remain: 7:30 a.m., 10:30, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Departure times from Swan Quarter will remain: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Departure times from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter remain: 7 a.m. and 1 p.m."

Please keep this information in mind as you plan trips to and from Ocracoke Island. For more information please visit the Ferry Division's web site, or call 1-800-By Ferry.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of participating in the 2008 Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.


  1. Anonymous5:25 AM

    Your blog is a valuable community service. If residents routinely log on to read -- now, If someone visited the OI for the first time and knew nothing of your blog; would they leave the island knowing about your blog?? Is your Blog the talk of the town?? does the local radio station feature your blog - that is---- is it read it to the listening audience!! and oh gosh, the comments too!! I was curious, do you have an Inkling as to your audience??

  2. I don't think my blog is the talk of the town. Ocracoke always has much more interesting gossip (which you won't read about in my blog!). And there is no need to read my blog on our new radio station ( since news generally travels fast on the island, and I am seldom the initiator of it. My audience? lots of off-island friends of Ocracoke, and more local islanders than I once thought.

  3. Anonymous12:15 AM

    I "lurk" all the time. I vacation with friends each spring,and when i read this blog it is like a mini-vacation. Thank You!

  4. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Due to increased regulations-- another unfunded mandate-- in order to maintain the summer ferry schedule 74 additional crew members would need to be hired plus 5 more shipyard workers. Now if the NC Gov budget is approved to fund the new positions summer runs would resume by 2010. Perhaps Obama's stimulus bill could provide training for these new employees Coast Guard calls for two additional employees to work the Ferry runs