Monday, May 14, 2018

Mariners in the American Revolution

A 1998 edition of Ocracoke Preservation Society's Fall Newsletter, The Mullet Wrapper, included a page of information by Ellen F. Cloud (1940-2016) titled "Mariners of the American Revolution." Ellen Cloud listed 44 sailing vessels that "were captured by the British, and the crews taken and held as prisoners" between 1771 and 1782.

The Newsletter's editor noted that "[several vessels] were known to have been local to our area. ...Ocracokers were among those listed as crew members.... Notice also, that some of the prisoners such as William Howard [and three others] escaped and eventually made it back home. What a story that must have been!" 

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke Lodge No. 194, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. You can read the Newsletter here:

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