Today is the one hundred and seventy-second anniversary of the worst sea disaster ever to occur on the North Carolina coast. On October 9, 1837 the steamship "Home" wrecked on Ocracoke beach with the loss of ninety lives, many of them passengers (men, women, and children) traveling from New York City to Charleston, SC.
Ocracoke native Walter Howard recounted the story, as told to him by old Arcade Williams, in the early 1950s. It is a gripping story, and I have reproduced it on our web site. You can read the full account here:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: