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Ocracoke Inlet

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 05:47
Ocracoke Inlet is the only Outer Banks inlet that has been continuously open since Europeans began keeping records. Numerous other inlets have opened and closed in the last 450 years. Because of its strategic location and navigable status Ocracoke Inlet saw considerable shipping traffic. In the early 19th century as many as 1400 sailing vessels passed through Ocracoke Inlet in a year's time.

Historic Inlets
From Place Names of the Outer Banks
by Roger L. Payne

In 1846 the situation changed. In that year a hurricane opened Hatteras Inlet, and mariners soon discovered that the new inlet was less dangerous and more easily navigated. As shipping moved to Hatteras Inlet, so did many of the pilots from Ocracoke and Portsmouth who guided ships from the Atlantic into Pamlico Sound.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112115.htm.
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