Monday, August 10, 2015

Stovepipe Hat Wreck

I just realized that for 2 1/2 weeks I have had the incorrect link at the bottom of my blog. This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the "Stovepipe Hat Wreck" (not "Rum Running on the Outer Banks"...that was June's Newsletter).

1965 Image from the NC Tourist Bureau

I loved hearing the story of this 1867 wreck  and the thousands of top hats that Hatteras islanders salvaged from the beach. So I began an investigation. I was surprised about what I learned. If you haven't already read the Newsletter, please click here for the full story:

I don't think you will be disappointed.


  1. In my opinion, very little in Mr. McNeill's book is based on fact.

  2. Somehow, I found my way to it when you posted the Stovepipe hat story... And yes! Everyone will enjoy it a lot!

  3. It was a good read.
    Philip, didn't you once post an article about some of the funniest things tourists (aka dingbatters) say.
    Would love to read it again, but couldn't find it in the archives.

    1. I will look for it. Can't actually remember if I did publish such an article.

  4. Anonymous12:10 PM

    Really, a false link. I read the newsletter article 2.5 weeks ago too from the link at the first post on this exaggeration of events. The picture was obviously staged another whopper from North Carolina just like some of the diplomas they hand out to football players at UNC .LOL.

  5. Anonymous4:32 PM

    PHILIP, it's calm here now if you begin the name calling (dingbatters) toward your visitors, most of Ocracoke's livelihood, y our inviting trouble I am sure. it'll be back to the name calling and rude remarks...let it lie. You don't want to know all the names those outside visitors call the islanders and the island itself do you? let it lie. shhhhhhhhhhh

    1. Debbie Leonard8:48 AM

      Dingbatter is not synonymous with tourist; dingbatters are just the tourists that do dumb things. Like the ones I encountered on my way home late last night....riding bikes in the middle of the road with no lights and their two friends....on skateboards, also with no flashlights.

    2. Anonymous11:59 AM

      I'll add another story, but one that didn't put anyone at risk. Except - maybe laughing out loud at the wrong time...
      A couple of years ago I stopped in at the Albert Styron's Store on Lighthouse Rd.,and was one of several island visitors in the store. A woman brought an item up to the cash register. As the woman behind the register was ringing up the item, the visitor (from the South somewhere, judging by her drawl) asked, "Do you take American money?"
      The woman behind the register didn't bat an eye-lash, and answered politely, "Yes, Mam, we do." I will admire her forever - such self-control! :-)

  6. Anonymous9:57 AM

    It was not Philip who used the term dingbatter.It was commenter DC at 11:41 a.m. Philip is always courteous.

  7. Bill Walker2:56 PM


    You mentioned dingbatters in the following link:

    Captain Rob talks about dingbatters here:

  8. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Archie Bunker from the television show All in the Family would call his wife, Edith a dingbat. Now in the days of hot type and Ben Franklin and the printing press when type was set by hand and page layout and design was rather all the news that fits to print a dingbat was an element to signify to the reader the story had ended. Now when a reporter was typing up the story his/her copy would end with



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