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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2020, 02:27:33 PM »
Sounds fun. Nice pictures 👍

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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2020, 02:40:45 PM »
 

 This building weathered Dorian relatively well.  It is the visitor center. It too had several feet of water inside.  NPS crews from across the US came and did clean up.  



 This is the Post Office and General Store.  



This house is among the oldest houses on the Outer Banks.  Built in 1850 this house and one other are the oldest here in Portsmouth Village.

Dorianís waters came in and filled the buildings with water. Then the water receded so fast the buildings could not drain fast enough and some basically popped at the seams.  See the corner board, this corner and the opposite one are where this house popped.
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2020, 03:19:14 PM »
Interesting.

Thanks for the tour!

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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2020, 08:39:20 AM »
 The Life-Saving Station is one of my favorite buildings here in Portsmouth Village.  

The seven man crew would use this Mononomy type 26í surf boat to row out to vessels wrecked on the beach and shoals.  The crew here actually rescued over 400 people off of one stricken ship.  

 


 

When vessels were in the surf the crew would use a Lyle gun, a kind of cannon, to launch a line to the ship. The shipís crew would use the light line to pull a heavier rope to the ship.  Men would be taken off the ship in a breeches bouy, basically a life ring with a seat in it suspended by a pulley from the heavy line.



Their apparatus was carted to the beach on wagons.  Men usually pulled the wagon but some stations used horses.

The light line fired by the Lyle gun was laced on a rack so the line would pay out without tangling.  


 

The motto of these Life-Saving Crews was ďWe have to go but we donít have to come back.Ē
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2020, 08:42:14 AM »
 

 

The Life-Saving Station. 
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2020, 08:45:31 AM »
cool.  and we all think we have tough jobs!
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2020, 08:12:35 AM »
Yes, thanks @SawyerTed for the tour - I was in Hatteras last week and it's one of my favorite places. Cape Lookout is next up on my fishing trip list, probably this fall.

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« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2020, 09:11:23 AM »
Emily and I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.  Many years ago we talked with a volunteer at Cape Hatteras, he made the idea of volunteering at National Parks sound appealing. A few years ago I saw a Facebook post looking for volunteers here at Cape Lookout National Seashore, so I applied.  We wanted to go to the lighthouse but those slots have a waiting list. The Ranger in charge of volunteers asked if would try Portsmouth Village and we fell in love with this place.

This village is a special place and was very important to the growth of NC as a colony and eventually as a state.  There are descendants  of residents here who come by for a visit occasionally.  Itís interesting to hear their stories of visiting their grand or great-grand patents here.  

Rudy Austin is the main Capt that runs the passenger ferry from Ocracoke. Rudy is a native of Ocracoke and his father was a caretaker here years ago.  Rudy has many stories about the Village. , itís residents and visitors.
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2020, 09:28:23 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures and stories.  I am enjoying reading about y'alls adventures.  Hope folks are respectful of the location.  Be safe!  

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« Reply #29 on: July 03, 2020, 03:34:45 PM »
This young man is a descendant of Portsmouth Village residents.  He is also a member of the Friends of Portsmouth Island.

It was a pleasure meeting him and hearing his stories.



 
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2020, 08:00:44 PM »
The Outer banks are one of my very favorite places.  I make an annual Pilgrimage to Hatteras every Fall for surf fishing for red drum.  Only missed two out of the last 36 years. 
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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2020, 08:58:12 AM »
The Life-Saving Crew kept a watch from the tower in the top of the station.   This view is of the village from the tower. 



 


 
Thereís a variety of wildlife here and especially birds.  Of course a bird didnít make these tracks!  There is a resident bear.  

 
This is my view of Ocracoke on a quick run over to deliver some friends who came to visit. 
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #32 on: July 04, 2020, 09:11:33 AM »
Iím really enjoying this topic SawyerTed. 

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« Reply #33 on: July 04, 2020, 09:18:12 AM »
Portsmouth Village was established by the colonial legislature in 1753.  Ocracoke Inlet was the only inlet to the Pamlico Sound at that time. Portsmouth was to be the main port for colonial eastern NC - Washington, Bath, New Bern and Edenton.  By the 1770ís there were several hundred residents servicing the port and shipping. 

Heavy seagoing ships couldnít navigate the inlet, so they would anchor and be off loaded onto lighter boats.  The smaller boats would take trade goods to warehouses built on the back of the island. Other vessels that could cross the Pamlico Sound would carry goods to and from the colonial towns. Primary exports were cotton, tobacco, tar, pitch, turpentine and lumber.



 

Just prior to the US Civil War, over 500 people lived here.  In 1846 a hurricane cut Hatteras Inlet.  That inlet was deep enough for seagoing ships to cross and sail directly to colonial towns inland. Portsmouth began to decline.

Union troops took the Outer Banks without serious opposition, during the occupation most residents left.  Many did not return.
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« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2020, 09:39:53 AM »
Here is a more complete record of storms and their high water marks in the village.  The door is to the storage shed behind the Visitor Center 

 
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« Reply #35 on: July 04, 2020, 10:23:29 AM »
Iím really enjoying this topic SawyerTed.
It has crossed my mind that some here may not be able to travel due to the virus.  I thought maybe some would enjoy a virtual visit here. 
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« Reply #36 on: July 04, 2020, 11:07:21 AM »
Those buildings by the water always seem to have a different look to them.
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Re: A Month in a Little Village by the Sea
« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2020, 11:30:43 AM »
Was that your boat? Can we see some more of it?

My wife and I stand by ready to help if you need it. :)
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« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2020, 12:09:41 PM »
Those buildings by the water always seem to have a different look to them.
There are three houses undergoing extensive restoration right now. Iíll share some photos and info about them later on. 
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« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2020, 04:18:51 PM »

Was that your boat? Can we see some more of it?

My wife and I stand by ready to help if you need it. :)

Yes thatís my boat.  Itís a 21 year old Wellcraft walk around cabin. It has a 200 hp Johnson Ocean Pro outboard.  I use her frequently on the lakes around home and trailer her to the coast several times a year.  
The park service has a consessionaire contract with a fine gentleman in Ocracoke to provide passenger ferry service to Portsmouth Village and to the beach. We sometimes ride the ferry but use our boat because I like to fish.  
Today we ran back to Ocracoke to Celebrate Independence Day!


 
This is Diversion


 
We just beat the squall coming across the Pamlico Sound. The boat ramp is on the west side of the island so we wouldnít have been able to load in the chop coming on shore. 
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