Thursday, August 30, 2018

Scallop War...Oyster War

Yesterday I noticed this CBS headline: Drama on high seas as France-U.K. "Scallop Wars" escalate. It seems that tempers are flaring in the English Channel over those delectable shellfish. The article (you can read it here) reminded me of a similar feud right here on the Outer Banks, the so-called 1890 "Ocracoke Oyster War."

The influx of “foreign” fishermen into Pamlico Sound in 1890 fomented considerable unrest on the island. On January 30 a small schooner with a work force from Core Sound arrived in Pamlico Sound intending to dredge for oysters. Earlier, they had been warned by Ocracoke oystermen that they would defend their beds with weapons. The situation was volatile, and a rebellion erupted.

The Wilmington [NC] Messenger, described the situation in an article titled, “Civil War in Hyde County,” published Wednesday, February 5, 1890. “Ocracoke Island,” it said, “is in arms. ['Foreign'] oyster men have been driven from the waters before the muzzle of shot guns.

In case you missed our January, 2015, article you can read the whole story here:

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Mrs. Godfrey's ghost who haunts the Island Inn/Odd Fellows Lodge. The story is taken from Chapter Three of my book, Digging up Uncle Evans. You can read the account here:

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