Historic Lighthouse Lens’ Odyssey Continues

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Crafted in France, admired by millions at a New York world’s fair, stolen from its lighthouse, buried during the Civil War, recaptured, returned and repaired at Paris, stolen again, and exhibited again: America’s most historic, most traveled, yet most disrespected lighthouse […]

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Mother Gives Birth During U-Boat Attack

In 1942, more than 65 German U-boats waged a withering campaign along the nation’s eastern seaboard against Allied merchant vessels and their military defenders to disrupt or entirely sever transatlantic supply lines fueling the war effort in Europe. In just half a year, 397 ships were sunk. Nearly 5,000 people, including many civilians, were burned […]

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Burnside’s Miracle Happens in Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Last of three parts “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” Who knows how many of General Ambrose Burnside’s more than 10,000 officers, soldiers and sailors could recite the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic 1798 poem, “The Rime of […]

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Burnside Faces Maelstrom of Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Second of three parts “Never has any expedition in the history of the world had to pass through a severer ordeal; everything seemed to conspire against it —Nature with her storms, and human nature with her villainy.” So reported a correspondent […]

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Burnside Armada Battles Sea at Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. First of three parts It was not Shakespeare but Pythagoras who likely first imagined the world as a stage “whereon many play their parts.” No more often am I reminded of this proverb than when I am traveling across the inlet […]

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History Illuminated: Hatteras Light’s 150 Years

Dec. 16, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of the first lighting of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus, including his findings pertaining to the lighthouse and its history. America’s celebrated historic structures may not be as ancient as many of the world’s classic architectural masterpieces, […]

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Blackbeard, Crew Were Pawns In Failed Coup

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Second of two parts — read Part 1 Popular culture’s embrace of the adventure and romance of piracy has hidden the true reasons for Blackbeard’s demise at Ocracoke. After many years of research and study, my analysis is that Blackbeard was merely […]

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