Thursday, August 24, 2017


According to a 1947 newspaper article at least four schooners were built on Ocracoke. A traditional schooner is a sailing ship with two or more masts, typically with the foremast smaller than the mainmast, and having gaff-rigged lower masts (modern schooners may be Bermuda-rigged).

Schooner Windfall, Ocracoke

The 1947 newspaper article explains that the Annie Wahab and the Paragon were two of the schooners built on Ocracoke by Capt. Tillman Farrow. "At that time [the mid to late 1880s] there were plenty of big live oaks and red cedar on the island.... Old Captain Tillman Farrow...had his slaves to cut the oak and hew the timber. And when they were built, Captain Tom [Gaskins] took over as skipper of the Annie Wahab. Later he served on the Paragon.

"The Annie Wahab could carry about 2,300 bushels of grain or rice...."

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of Howard's Pub. You can read it here:  

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