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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The Steamer Ariosto, and the ‘Entirely Needless’ Christmas Eve Tragedy on Ocracoke Island

This is a story about a huge disaster that could have easily been averted. It is a story with negatives and positives. It is a story of a captain’s confusions, the terror of panic, and the avoidable loss of thirty human lives. Unhappily, it was on Christmas Eve. Ironically, it took place in a year […]

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The Attempted Rescues of the Famous Outer Banks “Ghost Ship,” the Carroll A. Deering

One of maritime history’s most enduring mysteries involves the iconic names of Cape Hatteras, Diamond Shoals, Graveyard of the Atlantic, and the term “Ghost.” There has been much discussion about the possible explanations; there has been little about the actual Coast Guard rescue attempts. Much has been written and told about the famed ghost ship […]

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