Friday, November 16, 2012

Maritime Salvage

Yesterday a reader asked, "would you venture to put into words an Ocracoke perspective on the matter [of maritime salvage]?"

 In 1750 colonial Governor Johnson described Outer Bankers as "a set of indigent desperate outlaws and vagabonds." It has been said that an Ocracoker would drop a corpse on the way to the graveyard if someone yelled "Ship Ashore!"

That about sums it up.

 Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the War of 1812. You can read it here:


  1. That's hilarious!

  2. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Speaking of salvage and ships ashore, do you know anything about the shipwreck a little ways past the lifeguard beach? I think it's across from the pony corral. It's mostly nails and a couple of rotted boards, but it looks like it was a pretty good sized boat at one point.

  3. Anon 11:21, I am fairly sure that wreckage is from the George W. Wells. Take a look at this post: (November 20, 2010).

  4. Anonymous12:36 PM

    That is a WONDERFUL post, Philip, and I agree: that about sums it up.



  5. Anonymous2:09 PM


    here's an idea - you should put your entire newsletter, as they are written, into a phamplet or book form.....I have no doubt it would sell and make a good addition to anyones OBX library collection. (AMY...push him into this) thanks

  6. Anon 2:09 -- I have thought the same thing myself...even just a few days ago. Maybe some day :-)