Below is a photo of the mailboat Aleta. This is how folks traveled back and forth between the mainland and Ocracoke Island when I was a small boy. The first state-operated ferries didn't begin operation until the late 1950s.
Notice how low the Aleta sat in the water, and how folks are crowded on the upper deck and at the stern (sitting on fish boxes and luggage). There were two wooden benches under the canopy where you could get out of the sun (or rain). Hardly anyone wanted to be inside the cabin in the summer.
The trip took about 4 - 4 1/2 hours to cross Pamlico Sound. What a wonderful adventure it was!
Thanks to Blanche for the photo (click on the photo to view a larger image).
In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. 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.