If you hang around the docks at Ocracoke long enough you will occasionally hear an islander mention pogie boats. You might wonder what he is talking about.
Poghaden (derived from the North American Indian word pauhaugen) is a synonym for menhaden,
small oily fish that swim in large, tightly packed schools. These fish
are harvested by trawlers, often called "pogie boats," for use as
Menhaden fish, which are high in omega-3 fat, are also a major source of
fish oil and fish meal (for food and dietary supplements as well as
animal feed and even lipstick).
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcription of a letter describing the September, 1944, hurricane, its aftermath and cleanup. You can read the letter, with vintage photographs added, here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102117.htm.