Monday, September 26, 2016


In case you missed it, our August, 2015 Ocracoke Newsletter recounted the story of whale and porpoise fishing on the Outer Banks. Most North Carolina whaling was based at Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks, although it extended throughout the region from Hatteras, southward.

Cutting up Whale Blubber

Two mentions in The Weekly Record (Beaufort, NC) in February, 1888 indicate the importance of whale and porpoise fishing to interests in eastern North Carolina:

"A medium size whale was captured near Cape Lookout last week by Capt. Tyre Moor's whaling crew. His whaleship measured about 37 feet in length and will pay the captures about $1,500." (February 17, 1888)

"The whale and porpoise factory of Bell, Daniel and Watson are in full blast with 30 operations in the various departments of work." (February18, 1888)

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about earthquakes that have affected Ocracoke and the Outer Banks. You can read the newsletter here:

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