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Ocracoke Island NC

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

N.C. highway Historical Marker To  Commemorate Vessel Mercury

N.C. highway Historical Marker To Commemorate Vessel Mercury

Event to be held Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke Ferry Landing HATTERAS, NC July 8, 2013 – The security of New Bern and Ocracoke during the War of 1812 was maintained and protected by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Mercury in a daring maneuver 200 years ago. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to commemorate the July 12, 1813, escape of the vessel from pursing British barges on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke ferry landing followed by an exhibit opening on the War of 1812 the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.   Adm. George Cockburn landed with 15 barges and 1,000 men at Ocracoke and Portsmouth that day […]

British War Graves Ceremony at the Outer Banks

British War Graves Ceremony at the Outer Banks

CEREMONIES TO HONOR WORLD WAR II BRITISH AND CANADIAN SAILORS BURIED ON FOREIGN SOIL   HATTERAS ISLAND, NC April 15, 2013 – Two ceremonies will be held in May to honor the sacrifices of foreign sailors who gave their lives during World War II protecting the coast of the United States. The British War Grave ceremonies will take place on May 9, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Buxton and on May 10, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Ocracoke. The ceremonies honor the 63 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off the coast of the Outer Banks. During World War II, German U-boats hunted along the Eastern Seaboard. Unprepared for the attacks, the U.S. […]

New Hurricane App Brings American Red Cross Safety Information to Smart Phones

New Hurricane App Brings American Red Cross Safety Information to Smart Phones

“I’m Safe” feature lets people alert their loved ones with a push of a button Eastern NC, August 1, 2012 — The American Red Cross today launched its official Hurricane App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit hurricane prone areas. This free app is the second in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Building on the Red Cross’ leadership in the social media space, the app also includes a number of features that allow […]

Day Three, Saturday Wavesailing Action!

Day Three, Saturday Wavesailing Action!

Day Three of the NNE spree took us to the south side as far as the south end of Ocracoke Island!  The swell was considerably smaller than Friday’s south side wrap, but there remained some fun set waves and perfect side-off wind direction on the south side of Ocracoke.  Ralph and I caught it down there while the tide was coming in with some fun wave rides and jumps/loops in solid sub-5.0m wind!  Though interestingly, the wave zone was quite disconnected on the south side compared to the north, even though winds remained side-off.  Perhaps there is a point a little further north on Ocracoke island where a “magic spot” exists where the island turn occurs to foster true side-off […]

British and Canadian World War II heroes honored in Outer Banks ceremonies

British and Canadian World War II heroes honored in Outer Banks ceremonies

HATTERAS – In ceremonies next week, communities on the Outer Banks 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 10, at the World War II British Cemetery in Buxton, and again at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11, at the World War II British Cemetery in Ocracoke. Held by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Ocracoke Community, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Park Service and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the ceremonies honor the 63 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off […]

Halloween Hauntings on the Outer Banks

Halloween Hauntings on the Outer Banks

By Charlie Shotton Online Editor OBX Outer Banks, NC – The Ocracoke Lighthouse, Graveyard of the Atlantic and Whalehead Club as well as Nags Head Woods are all hot-spot tourist destinations. These sites come equipped with guides to tell eager listeners about the history of these spots, but many locals may tell a different story: they are haunted. These destinations are commonly known by both tourists and residents for the legends and ghosts that haunt their grounds. Varying from headless pirates, drowned sailors and the infamous goat-man, the Outer Banks has its fair share of ghosts and ghouls “After leaving the museum on Hatteras Island, I wanted to go back as soon as I could,”  junior Megan Parker said.  “I […]

Lost Gem from Hatteras WaveFest 2008!

Lost Gem from Hatteras WaveFest 2008!

OBX Outer Banks, NC – Sept is the best month for wavesailing on Hatteras.  The contests we have held over the past few years have scored and though we had a great run since 2008, only this year in 2011 did we experience a bust with the aftermath from Irene and cancellation of the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam. Keith M recently sent in this “memory lane gem” from our first “Hatteras Wave Fest 2008!”  The image was captured at our expression session held at the North End, Ocracoke on Sept 19, 2008.  It was a great session as I remember blasting 4.2m wind, fun surf and beautiful sunny skies.  Everyone who participated had an awesome time, and the experience really […]

What Could Have Been….An Epic AWT Hatteras Event!

What Could Have Been….An Epic AWT Hatteras Event!

OBX Outer Banks, NC – Wow, what a forecast coming up and aligning perfectly with what would have been the second half of AWT Hatteras Wave Jam event window.  SE tropical swell from TS Maria complemented by a strong NE wind forecast is primed to set up likely the best southside wavesailing conditions of the year!  Smack dab in what would have been the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam event window.  Imagine, the largest contingent of professional caliber wavesailors ever to visit the US East Coast, “all eyes” media coverage, and epic surf and side-off wind conditions….!  Simply would have been awesome!!  Additionally, to fall on the weekend as well would have opened the floodgates for regional participants and spectators to […]

UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

As colleges require advanced classes for students to participate in, many students exceed expectations by taking college level classes to gain admittance. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro allows students to take college level classes while they are still in high school. Students tend to take Advanced Placement classes to help prepare themselves for college and also to earn college credits while still in high school. “Two years ago we had a student receive 15 college credits by taking these classes,” distance learning facilitator Gloria Meads said. Since the program began, the number of students participating has increased each year. This year there are eight students enrolled already, with eight to 10 more expected this spring. Eight students were […]