Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Fort Ocracoke

In the past I have written about Fort Ocracoke, a Civil War fortification in Pamlico Sound. Below is an engraving of the destruction of the fort on Beacon Island in 1861.

Today, little is left at the site of the fort, although divers with Surface Interval Diving Company (SIDCO), a non-profit Marine Archaeology and Exploration company, have been exploring the site for several years. Robert K. Smith documents their work in his book, The History of Fort Ocracoke in Pamlico Sound.

Aerial Photo of Beacon Island by GWBrown, 2011

Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082116.htm


  1. Anonymous12:29 PM

    How big is it?
    And are Beacon and Pelican Island one and the same?

    1. According to http://nc.audubon.org, in 2013 "Beacon Island hosted well over 500 pairs of Brown Pelicans and produced more than 1,100 chicks, making 2013 among the largest colonies on record." Other spoil islands in Pamlico Sound also host pelicans. Here is more information about Beacon Island: http://www.nccoast.org/project/beacon-island/

    2. Anonymous11:17 PM

      Appreciate the information.
      I found that very interesting.