Thursday, March 29, 2018

South Dock

On Tuesday I asked if any of our readers know what is meant when we talk of Ocracoke's South Dock.

It may be counter-intuitive, but the South Ferry Dock is on Ocracoke's north end. You might wonder why this would be, but after a moment's reflection you will see the logic. Hatteras Inlet has two NCDOT ferry docks: one on the north side of the inlet (on the south end of Hatteras Island); the other on the south side of the inlet (on the north end of Ocracoke Island). When ferry personnel are talking about the ferry operation across Hatteras Inlet they will refer to the North Dock (on Hatteras) or the South Dock (on Ocracoke).

The ferry docks in Silver Lake are simply called the Cedar Island/Swan Quarter docks.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of Village Craftsmen (1970 - the Present). You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. Anonymous8:28 AM

    On the Ferry, is there a teachable moment for visitors on the ride-- to remind those that want to swim, the ocean dangers of the Rip Tide. Please remind us how many visitors drowned last year?

  2. There was one drowning last year, in August. A 63 year old man drowned while trying to rescue another swimmer in distress. I don't think there were any other drownings at Ocracoke last year. The National Park Service has posters and other notices at the beach and at the Visitors Center to educate visitors about rip currents.