Sunday, March 3, 2013

Outer Banks, N. C., 3-1-2013

On the road again Friday Mar. 1

The campground also has these cottages that can be rented.

After the defeat of Fort Hatteras Aug. 30, 1861 the citizens of Hatteras voted for reunification with the Union.

Weather Bureau. Station built in 1901.

Hurricane warning, winds at 74 mph.

Small craft advisory.

Christmas tree made of crab pots.

At the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, General Billy Mitchell believed airplanes could bomb ships.

He demonstrated it in 1921 off the Outer Banks. He criticized the government for lack of belief airplanes could cause such destruction. Dec. 7, 1941 confirmed his beliefs.

Drum of Civil War's 3rd Georgia unit.

"Hardee" hat worn by the enlisted men of 20th new York regiment.

There were many more interesting displays but not photos allowed. Items about explorers, colonists, Civil War battles, about USS Monitor, life saving and rescue operations, scuba diving, fishing in the area and much more. Excellent museum!

First safe haven for African Americans in North Carolina during the CivilWar.

Blue Marlin.

Blackbeard legacy seen all over.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Rose colored base is 11 steps up. The lighthouse keepers and families could seek safety during hurricanes.

Interesting to learn in the Cape Hatteras Visitor Center about the Life Saving Service. The Patrol would hand off this badge to the next location's patrolman to proof he had patrolled the assigned area.

In the 1920's tourists came but cars traveled over roads with wood planks because sand was too soft.

World War II the U-Boats were sinking ships along the sea coast.

In the March & April of 1942 U-Boats were sinking one ship a day. April 14, 1942 U.S. sunk a U-85 submarine off the Outer Banks.

German Navy flag from World War I

Driving along the only road on the Outer Banks the sand is drifting. We can see when the plow had come to move the sand off the road.

The shifting sands and shoals, raging storms of the Atlantic caused many ship wrecks.

Bodie Island Lighthouse, pronounced Body, but they changed the spelling so it didn't seem so creepy. It was called Bodie because this is where the bodies washed up after the numerous shipwrecks.

We have the beach to ourselves. It's about 50 degrees but blustery and windy, in the warmth of the summer I bet the strong winds feel good. Today we are bundled up.

We have seen a lot of these washed ashore. They are mermaid or devil's purse.

We stayed at Refuge on Roanoke Island, Wanchese. Peggy the hostess is great.

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