The 125th Anniversary of the Famous and Remarkable E.S. Newman Rescue

On October 11, 1896, a most remarkable rescue by the most remarkable crew of the U.S. Life-Saving Station No. 17 Pea Island took place, which became a pedestal of honored U.S. Coast Guard achievements. Etheridge’s Early Years When there was suddenly an opening for Keeper of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station, a surprising thing happened. […]

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Island History: Two Ultra-Dramatic Outer Banks Shipwreck Rescues in Two Consecutive Days

One Remains Upon a Pedestal of Coast Guard History to This Day. They Happened 122 Years Ago This Month. By James D. “Keeper James” Charlet Two of the most daring and dramatic shipwrecks in American history occurred off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. They were not only in the same month and year of 1899, […]

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Island History: The Outer Banks’ Most Mistaken Landmark

The old Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station is often confused with the historic Pea Island Station, and this is an extremely common – and highly understandable – mistake. What is pictured here is the Old Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station. Since it is located on the northern tip of Pea Island, it is natural to assume that it would […]

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Island History: Cape Lookout National Seashore planning restoration of Historic Life-Saving Station

Our National Seashore Neighbor Readers of Island Free Press are certainly familiar with our Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It stretches for 70 miles from Bodie Island to Ocracoke. It was the nation’s very first national seashore, having been established in 1953. Hatteras Island is the main part of this seashore and is happily in the […]

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RMS Titanic – The Fatally Flawed Hatteras Connection

April 14, 2021, marks the day that the world’s largest manmade, moving object began its titanic futile struggle to survive 109 years ago, only days after its birth. More newspaper accounts, magazine articles, books, radio and TV talk shows, documentaries, and motion pictures have been made about the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic sinking than […]

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Guest Column: Outer Banks Featured in Educational Video with Local Authority

This story is being written in deep gratitude to Hatteras Island’s award-winning Island Free Press. I have known this media outlet literally from Day One. I knew its first Editor, the late-great Irene Nolan, when she was the editor of the now defunct Island Breeze. I have not only known the succeeding publisher – Donna […]

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Island History: The Unfathomable Tragedy and Mystery of the Wreck of the Robert H. Stevenson

The schooner Robert H. Stevenson has almost been lost to the historic records. She was only three years old when she disappeared forever on the infamous Diamond Shoals. Very little makes sense about the wreck and ensuing non-rescue, and there remains a hugely significant amount of a mystery surrounding the whole affair. The Services From […]

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Island History: The Wreck of the Hester A. Seward and an Impromptu New Year on Hatteras Island

A boatload of shingles was going down, not up. The captain feared that “Hatteras will batter us.” This is the story of a New Year shipwreck with a happy ending, as well as an impromptu stay on Hatteras Island for the six crew members aboard the schooner Hester A. Seward. Hauling timber from South Carolina […]

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