This morning at 11 o'clock a crowd will gather at the British Cemetery to remember the four sailors buried there (Thomas Cunningham, Stanley Craig, and two unknown men), along with the remainder of the crew of the HMT Bedfordshire which was torpedoed on May 11, 1942. The ceremony, held regularly on the Friday closest to May 11, also honors all men and women who served and lost their lives defending our coastline during WWII.
The Bedfordshire was attacked by the German U-boat U-558 shortly before midnight on May 11. All hands were killed. This year, as in years past, representatives of the US Coast Guard, the British Royal Navy, and other dignitaries will be on Ocracoke pay their respects.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.