Monday, October 23, 2017

October Newsletter

In September, 1944, the wife of one of the men stationed at the Ocracoke Naval Base wrote a letter to her family describing the effects of the 1944 Hurricane on the island.

She writes, "About 6:30 the electricity went off .... The winds had torn the wires down. The tide started increasing rapidly at 6:30. We could see Silver Lake swell, run over and by 8 o’clock it was rushing all around the house and coming in under the doors."

The writer describes the storm and the aftermath, including the exhausting cleanup. Early in the letter she shares this thought: "I’m just thankful I’m alive."

You can read letter here:

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcription of the handwritten letter, with vintage photographs added. You can read it here:

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