Did you know the U.S. Lifesaving Service was the forerunner to the U.S. Coast Guard? In 1874, the U.S. Lifesaving Service was begun by building a chain of seven lifesaving stations along the Outer Banks, at the points of greatest danger to ocean going vessels.
The oldest and shortest lighthouse in North Carolina is the Ocracoke Lighthouse, also the second oldest operational lighthouse in the United States.
In 1942 Germany sent its U-boat submarines to the poorly guarded Eastern Seaboard of the United States. During the first half of 1942, the German subs sank more than five dozen vessels in N.C. waters. Because of this, Cape Hatteras earned the moniker “Torpedo Junction.” Burning ships, gunfire and debris washing up onshore were common sights for the locals.
Ocracoke Island is only 16 miles long and ranges from a half mile to 2 miles in width.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which stands at 208-feet, is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States.
Did you know that Dare County covers more square miles of water than land? Dare County covers 800 square miles, comprising 391 square miles of land and 409 square miles of water.
The first English child born in the New World was Virginia Dare on August 18, 1587, at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island. Virginia Dare and the colonists of Fort Raleigh would become known as “The Lost Colony,” their disappearance still an unsolved mystery.
In ceremonies this week, communities on the Outer Banks will pay honor to World War II British and Canadian sailors who gave their lives to defend the coast of the United States.
The British War Grave ceremonies take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the World War II British Cemetery in Buxton, and again at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at the World War II British Cemetery in Ocracoke. Receptions follow both events at 1 p.m. The ceremonies honor the 63 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off the coast of the Outer Banks during World War II, when German U-Boats hugged the coast of Hatteras Island.
Author and North Carolina State professor Tim Hatcher is requesting help from locals and longtime visitors alike on telling the story of Hatteras Island life.
He is working on a new book about people who have worked and lived along the North Carolina coast and how their lives have changed over the decades. Hatcher is writing the book because, he says, “A way of living, working and raising a family has changed for the people who have deep roots in the sands of the North Carolina coast. People who have for a long time called the coast their home have a story to tell about the way life used to be. It’s that story that needs to be told”. Continue reading
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues with a presentation from Joe Hoyt from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvo Volunteer Fire Station. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour. Continue reading