Rental Passenger Ferry on its Way to Ocracoke

UPDATE: The “Martha’s Vineyard Express” was spotted at the Hatteras village ferry docks on Monday afternoon before it departed at around 3 p.m. for one of the first of many test runs to Ocracoke Island. Per Tim Hass, NCDOT Public Relations Officer, the passenger ferry will make a number of test trips along the Hatteras-Ocracoke route over […] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Set to Get Rental Passenger Ferry in Late May

Ocracoke should have a passenger ferry this year starting May 24, thanks to a lawmaker friend in Raleigh. John A. Torbett (R-Gaston) said Wednesday night that while in budget meetings Tuesday, Secretary of the Department of Transportation James Trogdon said he would pay for leasing a passenger ferry from May 24 to Sept. 22 out […] Local News |  Full Article

Passenger Ferry Delayed After Construction Issues; NCDOT Seeking Rental Boat for 2019

Although work has resumed building the “Ocracoke Express” passenger ferry, the N.C. Ferry Division is looking into the possibility of a rental boat for the upcoming visitor season. N.C. Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass said Friday (March 29) that work stopped on Feb. 19 after a report from Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle, Wash., who […] Local News |  Full Article

Volunteers Find Cold-Stunned Turtles on Ocracoke

Pat Garber and an assistant gently lifted the Kemps Ridley turtle into the back of a truck for transport to the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The turtle, a critically endangered species, had been stunned by the cold ocean waters and was beached at the […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

An Ocean Plunge for a New Year on Ocracoke

Several first-timers were among about 45 kids and adults of all ages Tuesday afternoon for Ocracoke’s version of the Polar Plunge at the airport beach off Ramp 70. As kids ran around the beach in their bathing suits and swimmers gathered for a group photo, air temperatures in the upper 60s and an ocean temperature […] Ocracoke Island Features |  Full Article

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Oct. 25 to 28 to Spotlight 300 Years Since Blackbeard’s Demise

By Connie Leinbach The Ocracoke Observer In 300 years since his demise, Blackbeard has become the best-known pirate in history, and the popularity of recent Hollywood movies has created a fanatical interest in the man and his times. Numerous books and competing histories vie for the definitive Blackbeard story: Was he born in the colonies […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article