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The Beaufort news. (Beaufort, N.C.) 1912-1948, August 21, 1941, SECOND SECTION, Image 9

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Hatteras Light Is Symbol Of Banks Cape Hatteras National Seashore ion OF EAUF SECOND SECTION The Most Widely Read Newspaper Along The Central Carolina Coast 1 VOLUME XXIX NO. 34 BEAUFORT, N. C, THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1941. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. 1 V', Outer Banks-Carolina's Perennial Frontier 1 Mvvj Edit TFrlF hi J- AT 4. "A CAPE HATTERAS Light house, built in 1870, is the tallest brick lighthouse in the wcrld. But this particular Hatteras Light which for many years acted as a guard ian of Diamond Shoals, the "graveyard of the Atlantic" is no longer in commission. A skeleton steel structure on higher ground about one mile from this tower is now Cape Hatteras Light. The famous old tower which has become a symbol of the Outer Banks and the new National Sea shore Park, is included in a State Park. Eventually it will be in cluded, perhaps, in the 'National Seashore. Almost within the shadows of this historic old structure on next Monday some 2,000 Oater Bankers will gather to hear their State's Governor J. M. Broughton bring a message which they hope will be the promise and the assurance that a road will be constructed down the Banks to replace the non-Stats maintained sand trails that now provide a means for autos and trucks to travel up and down the island of Hatteras. Also present at the big reception honoring Governor Broughton will be many citizens of Ocracoke who will ask him and his Highway Com mission to build a road on down to their village on the nearby island with a ferry thrown in for good measure. (Editors Note: Over Hatteras Light in the above picture is the plane of Chief. Pilot Dave Dritkill of the Ocracoke Transportation Company's Aviation Division. Driskill's plane has also become a symbol one of fast transportation by air over the Outer Banks.) (Photo by Ben Dixon McNeill.) How To Get To Hatteras Hatteras is a thriving fish ing village three miles from Hatteras Inlet. It has one hotel, the management of which entertains annually a host of fishermen who return each season to fish for the big game varieties such as Blue Marlin, Amberjack and Dolphin in deep water oil shore in the Gulf Stream or others who come for the clos er to shore trolling for blues, Spanish Mackerel and Cero. In addition to the hotel there are a number of homes in which guests will find comfort supplemented by good meals. The rates are about $3 per day or $20 per week. There are a variety of ways to reach Hatteras. Via Manteo, the autoist leaves Highway 34 at Whale Bone Filling Station. Here if the motorist is attempting to make the drive down the beach in their own cars, the tires should be deflated. At the filling station the driver must choose what is termed as the "inside road" or drive down the beach to Oregon Inlet. Unless tides are favorable and they can tell you this at Whale Bone Station it is best not to at tempt the route along the beach or surf which is by far smoother but can be driven only at low tides. At Oregon Inlet there is a ferry operated on a very convenient schedule toll for car and driver 50 cents. From the south side of Oregon Inlet the autoist proceeds either on the inside road or adja cent to the beach to their destina tion. This route is not recomen ded to persons who have had no experience in driving along the beach or in quicksand. Experienc ed drivers often drive from Ore gon Inlet to Hatteras in two hours or visa versa, according to Tom Eaton of the latter community. But they are EXPERIENCED. The surest way to reacH Hatter as from the mainland is by boat from Engelhard which makes a round trip to and fro each day from May until October. This boat operated by the Hatteras De velopment Company leaves Hat teras in the morning and Engel hard on the mainland about 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The See HATTERAS Page 8 Governor Broughton To Make Party Call At Hatteras Next Monday i ? , . , yt if i w I! I f ,! ykJ 4r $ w 1 ' ' " " ' 11 t 1 rr in. imnvr -i r.n.n' muti, ,.. Mmm $ t i l"IT I ifW " f H m tlTIHIHI I III HI II f. . -M PICTURED ABOVE are residents of Hatteras Island who visited Governor J. M. Broughton in Raleigh last Winter. Next Monday Governor Broughton and members of his St ate Highway and Public Works Commission will make a party call to these people and the other residents of Hatteras Island. In the picture, if you know your Outer Bank ers, you will see the Odens, the Midgettes, the Meekins, and others. Sixth from left in background (next to Gover nor Broughton) Maurice (Dick) Burrus, one-time Boston Braves outstanding first baseman, now Texaco Oil dealer on Hatteras Island. Nearby, too, is Sheriff D. Victor Meek ins, who may not admit it, but who is responsible for the islanders' visit to Raleigh, as well as the Governor's proposed visit to Haiteras. High spot of next Monday on Hat teras Island will be the big picnic and speaking by the Governor at Buxton, the postoffice address of Cape Hatteras. (Photo and cut courtesy News and Observer).. BUXTON IS THE POSTOFFICE AT CAPE HATTERAS Governor Broughton To Speak There Next Monday Buxton is the postoffice address of Cape Hatteras which is known around the world to mariners sailing the seven seas as the "graveyard of the Atlantic." That is be cause from Cape Hatteras extends dangerous Diamond Shoals, to a distance of 12 to 15 miles off shore where many ships, especially dur ing the days of sail founder ed and were quickly swal lowed up by the treacherous quicksands. At Buxton was located the Na tional Park Service's CCC Camp which recently has been tiansf err ed to Fort Bragg. The CCC boys while stationed on Hatteras Island built miles of sand fences, planted grasses and solved the problem of beach erosion. The now deserted CCC camp will become a concen tration point for conscientious ob jectors in the present national emergency according to recent news dispatches. In addition to the National Seashore which will take in much of Hatteras Island eventually, the famous old light house there, tallest on the Ameri can Coast, and surrounding grounds have been made into a State Park. Located less than a mile from the village of Buxton ia the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, built in 1870 and the tallest on the Atlan tic Coast. From the top of the lighthouse may be seen giant ocean liners and ocean-going freighters. Also may be seen miles of the beach, and on clear days the Diamond Lightship. The ship is anchored off Diamond Shoals to warn ships of the ever present dangers which lurk there. Good Fishing Cape Hatteras Light is just east of Buxton. The cape is a favored place among the many surfcasters who have taken thousands of chan nel bass from the beach which ex tends from Hatteras Inlet to this point. There is no hotel at Buxton, but visitors will find several homes where accommodations are excel lent. Those who contemplate a visit to Buxton are advised to ad dress inquiries to Mrs. Maude M. White; Mrs. Carrie Midgett and Capt. Bernice Ballance. Rates by the day or week are very moderate, not exceeding $2.50 per day. Many are interested in cabin accommodations within the State Park, which surrounds the Old Hat teras Lighthouse. While five splendid cottages have been erect ed here, they are not furnished. This is due to the contemplation by the State Park Board that this area is to become a National Park. There are, however, a limited number of furnished apartments in the former quarters of thte lighthouse keeper. These are un der the supervision of Mr. Horace Doe, Kitty Hawk, N. C. Subscribe to I ne Beaufort News $1.50 per year Silver Lake Harbor At Project Which V V- MX "s k Jt n ( ' - 'ft Jive Colonel Gillette Is Man IL Many Men Along Outer Banks .Choose Coast Guarding And Dredge Boating As A Career They Would Prefer Staying At Home With Families MANY ADVANCE TO HIGHER POSITIONS Many men along the Outer Banks choose Coast Guard ing and dredge boating as a career. It is not because they want to leave their is Ocracoke Is An Essential Defense Will Soon Be Dredged 4 , tVMM Who Made It Possible land homes, but because they have to go away to make a living. There was a time wlipn the price of seafood was good and fish were plen tiful. In those days the is landers remained at home with their families and made a fair living. But in late years it has become necessa rv for all the young men to seek work elsewhere. Those See MANY MEN Page 8 t x ft tit To Depth Of 12 Feet i I, 8tili.'bMiit A A' OCRACOKE HARBOR This aerial view made last week from aboard Dick Rey nold's 3-motored Stinson by Aycock Brown, editor of The Beaufort News, shows Silver Lake Harbor at Ocracoke, which will be dredged to a depth of 12 feet with a channel of the same depth connecting it with deep water in Pamlico Sound. Bids for dredging Silver Lake Harbor were let on August 1, and according to Congressman Herbert Bonner of the First District, work will pro ceed according to the provisions of the Act of Congress which made it a defense project. Do not be sur prised if shortly after dredging the U. S. Navy does not establish an Inner Inshore Patrol base at Oc racoke Island. Largely responsible for making it possible to obtain a greater depth in Silver Lake Har bor is Colonel George W. Gillette, pictured at left, a North Carolin ian with the U. S. Army Engineer ing Corps who developed State Coast waterways to a greater ex. tent when he was District Engi neer, than any other of his pre decessors. If it had not been for Gillette and Bonner Silver Lake project and also the proposed Or egon Inlet improvements would have been shelved when the Na tional Emergency began instead of being included in the Defense pro gram. (Beaufort News Photos). Ocracokers Want Old Mullet Line Locomotive Bell When Editor Brown vaca tioned on Ocracoke recently one of his close friends on the island who is a leader in one of the two church biuld- ing projects there at present asked nis help in getting a bell for the tiny steeple of the church. Previouslysomeone on the mainland had offered to help but the bell this per son had spotted weighed 950 pounds and wrould cost $40. In the first place the church is too small for a 950 pound bell. Such a size bell would be larger See OCRACOKERS Page 5 - i I . . ' : ! Speaki Founded FISHING AT HATTERAS AND OCRACOKE ISL. Hatteras and Ocracoke waters offer the sports fishermen unrival ed sport. Varieties are many, ranging from the mighty blue mar lin to the lowly croaker. Marlin: The western edge of the Gulf Stream is only 14 and a half miles from Hatteras Inlet which divides Ocracoke and Hat teras Island. Here in 1939 was taken the blue marlin which holds the Atlantic Coast record 593 1-2 pounds. It was landed by Dana Marshall of Ohio. Previously Hugo Rutherford had landed the first blue marlin with rod and reel. It weighed between 450 and 500 pounds and was taken while he fished from aboard the Mako II with Guide Stowe of Hatteras. Sailfish and White Marlin: Both of these finny warriors swim in the waters of the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. They are waiting for the angler who goes properly rigged after them. Already to the southward at Cape Lookout large numbers of sails have been taken with rod and reel. Dolphin: This gorgeous multi colored beauty, a fighting maraud er which is a thrill once it hits your lure is plentiful off the coast at Hatteras and Ocracoke. He is a fighter to the last and has more thrills per second than any other fish that sails. Marlin, Sailfish and Dolphin are taken in the Gulf Stream from mid-June until October. Amberjack: Schooled around the numerous wrecks on Diamond Shoals in the "graviyard of the Atlantic" are the strong hard fighting amberjack. They are a terror to small tackle and a delight See FISHING Page 5 OCRACOKERS REQUIRED TO PAY GAS TAX Car Owners Call It Taxation Without Representation NO LICENSE PLATES REQUIRED ON AUTOS Just as long as the truck or auto they own remains on the island, citizens of Ocracoke Island do not have to pur chase State license tags. It is probably the only section of the United States today where no auto licenses are required. But with gasoline taxes, the same as we pay on the mainland which presum ably gdes for the upkeep of roads it is a different storv The six cents per gallon (if that is the right figure) which we pay elsewhere in North Carolina is added to the price of gasoline on Ocra coke. Richard Daily, veteran observer at the U. S. Weather Station in Hatteras, talking to a Beaufort News reporter recently who was visiting there, spoke of the gaso line taxes and said : "Its taxation without representation." Up in Boston years ago they started a war about a similar situation. They had another party like the Boston affair over in Edenton a long about the same time. There will be no war about the taxation of six cents per gallon on gasoline which auto and truck owners are required to pay at Ocracoke and Hatteras. The na tives down there are ready and have been ready and as a matter of fact have been fighting for bet ter roads for a long time. Their attitude is that: "After all we are in North Carolina, and after all they have been mrging us road tax on gasoline since the first Model T started struggling throu gh the sands of our community See GAS TAX Page 5 English America ng Civilization In On N. C. Banks Noted Writer Tells Of Its History And People By BEN DIXON MacNEILL In The News & Observer Either extreme will do, but you must have one or the other if you get anywhere with lifting the enchantment that broods above this first and this last frontier of America, this slender reach of yellow sand to which men came with dream-born seeds of a new earth avery long time ago and to which they return, even now, with the dreaming, and their seed planting. This land where yesterday is to morrow, and tomorrow is yester day, and today is compounded of them both, this land where Time stands placidly still and is not vex ed by anything that can ever hap pen because it has already happen ed, and though it may, as it has, turn the rest of the world into new and strange ways it cannot matter hei'e because this is a land that is enchanted, the first and unchang ing and the last frontier of Amer ica. As paragraphs that is probably an entirely too fanciful a para graph, but there is actually noth ing fanciful about it, unless you have no faith at all in enchant ments, and that cannot be if you know anything about well, may be it would be as well not to go into that for the present, but get back to the measurable and neces sary extremes that you would find very helpful indeed, granted any belief at all in enchantments. Extremes, of weather, that will be, since weather is the mother of this enchanted land yellow sand, and weather here, where the Northern Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet and interminably ar gue an immemorial matter, is rath er more than likely to be extreme one way or another, for as much as two hundred miles northward and southward, and that will take in the outer lines of this land of enchantment. But put it this way. For conven ience let's say that you would like See OUTER BANKS Page 4 How To Get To Ocracoke If you are an aviator the best way to reach Ocracoke Island is to fly your own plane. Regardless of which air route you take, from the northward via Manteo or from the southward via Beaufort and Core Banks, you are always within glid ing distance of the best natu ral landing fields (for emer gency landing in America. Perhaps you do not own a plane and still want to fly to the island. Dave Driskill, chief pilot of the Ocracoke Transporta tion Company's Aviation Division can take care of you, if that is the case. He bases in Manteo and his rates in a brand new Stinson 3 passenger cabin plane are 30 cents per mile, which if he has a load is only 10 cents per person. That is lower than land taxi rates and faster by far. The best established regular schedule for going to Ocracoke is via the U. S. Mailboat "Aleta" op erated daily between the island (!and Atlantic by Capt. Wilbur Nel son and his first mate Elmo Ful cher. This boat can carry up to 40 passengers (and often does just that) safely to Ocracoke Island which is 28 miles by water from Atlantic. The mailboat leaves for Ocracoke daily at 1 o'clock (Eas tern Standard Time) and leaves the island at 7 o'clock (Eastern Standard Time). The running time between Ocracoke and Atlan tic is about three and a half hours for the Aleta a slow but sure way of reaching the island. Both Capt. Nelson and his First Mate are See OCRACOKE Page 8

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