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    Fire Station, Ocracoke
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  • Sign about Blackbeard
    Sign about Blackbeard
    by grandmaR
  • public beach access
    public beach access
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    Signs

    by toonsarah Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We enjoyed just strolling around the village and capturing photos of the various colourful signs that contributed for us to the unique atmosphere of the place. You can find a number of crafts people working from home in the shady back lanes, all of whom advertise their products of course, and all the shops seem to have a sign advertising their wares (usually related to the sea or outdoor life).

    Signs on an Ocracoke back lane Fire Station, Ocracoke

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    Off Season Ocracoke

    by grandmaR Updated May 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The somewhat gull dropping spotted sign on top of the electrical connection for slip number 13 says:

    Fees Collected Daily

    Boaters must register
    14 Day Limit Enforced
    May 15-Sept. 15
    13


    Fondest memory: We were there in December which was off-season. It was quite calm and peaceful. It seems hard to picture the village with traffic jams and that the docks would be so busy that a limit would have to be imposed on the length of the stay. Both because I don't know how anyone would get vacation for that long, and because it would be hard to stay for that long without a shower or bathroom on a small boat.

    Marina electric hookup with sign
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Fishing
    • Budget Travel

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    Blackbeard

    by grandmaR Written May 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Blackbeard is more influential in Ocracoke today than he was in the early 1700s. Even though his reign of terror lasted only 18 months, his name fills the town's merchant tills.

    Blackbeard's Lodge welcomes guests. The Jolly Roger bar keeps them entertained. Teach's Hole Blackbeard Exhibit & Pirate Specialty Shop and the Pirate's Chest gift shop keeps them appropriately outfitted with plastic cutlasses, eye patches, and pirate flags. At Silver Lake, the Windfall flies the Jolly Roger on its scenic tours by boat. Kayak tours pass by Teach's Hole -- Blackbeard's favorite anchorage hideaway -- and guides are quick to recount Blackbeard's most famous battle here.

    Blackbeard had paid off the governor of NC, so the merchants of NC had to go to the Governor of Virginia Alexander Spottswood for help. The Royal Navy had no very good record with Blackbeard. His ships were heavily armed and he had once forced a heavily-armed British man-of-war into retreat. So Spottswood offered to pay a handsome reward for Blackbeard.

    This sign abbreviates the battle to a few sentences. It says:

    Lt. Robert Maynard
    _____________

    Of the Royal Navy. Sent by Gov. Spotswood of Virginia. In the sloop "Ranger" killed the pirate Blackbeard off shore 1718.

    Fondest memory: For a fuller account of Blackbeard's Final Battle

    By KELLY SIMMONS, Staff Writer for The Depot and News & Record Online

    ..in the blinding smoky chaos aboard the Ranger, Lt. Maynard ordered his surviving crewman out of sight and below deck: "Keep sword and pistol at the ready. When they come aboard, we'll catch them napping."

    When the smoke cleared, Blackbeard could see the dead and wounded sprawled aboard the crippled Ranger.

    "They're all knocked in the head but a few," Blackbeard told his men. "Board her and cut them to pieces."

    Moments later, from below deck, spilled dozens of Royal Navy seaman. They swept into Blackbeard and his small band of pirates...

    Straight away, the brash young naval officer confronted Blackbeard. Both men pulled their pistols. Both fired at the other.

    Blackbeard's pistol misfired.

    Lt. Robert Maynard's mini-ball found its marked.

    Rocked momentarily, Blackbeard recovered and staggered forward, swinging his cutlass with such force that it broke Lt. Maynard's sword blade at the hilt.

    Blackbeard reared back again with his cutlass. But before he could strike a blow, one of Maynard's men joined the attack, slicing Blackbeard's throat.

    Blackbeard's second in command-- Isreal Hands -- survived and turned state's evidence against other pirates and against some North Carolina leaders. His trial testimony would besmirch the reputation of North Carolina for years to come.

    It was Isreal Hands who author Robert Louis Stevenson would one day use as his pirate prototype in crafting his classic, "Treasure Island."

    Sign about Blackbeard
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    • Historical Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Homemade Fudge

    by TimDaoust Written Feb 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Just about everywhere you turn there is a shop that, along with whatever its regular fare is (be it a gift shop or a candy shop), is selling homemade fudge. You must indulge yourself at one point during your trip. There are all kinds of flavors to choose from.

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    • Food and Dining

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    The beaches on Ocracoke Island

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Ocracoke island is about 16 miles long and a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This island is almost all beach with the exception of Ocracoke Village at the south end of the island. There are several public parking pull offs with nice board walks to the beach.

    Beaches along Route 12
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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • National/State Park

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    Public parking for the beaches

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 19, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There is free public parking and I would stick with those location only, the side of the road is soft sand and we saw many cars stuck, so be careful and stay on the road.

    public beach access
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    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

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