Carolina Boat Builders Fishing Tournament
Island Life NC Magazine
by Gary
3d ago
The 21st Annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament will take place July 24 – 27, 2024 Registration will be available online and in person at the Pirate’s Cove Marina Tournament Pavilion, Manteo, N.C. The Tournament is open to all boats, custom and production. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 21st Annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament will be held July 24 – 27, 2024! Fishing days/hours are: Thursday, July 25, 2024 – 8:30am – 3pm Friday, July 26, 2024 – 8:30am – 3pm Saturday, July 27, 2024 – 8:00am – 2:30pm All teams will receive two scorecards at Registration, and it is at the ..read more
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Buried On Our Shores – WWII Plane Wreck on Ocean Isle
Island Life NC Magazine
by kim
1w ago
One day in the spring of 2000, Ocean Isle Beach’s building inspector, Larry Cook, discovered a corroded piece of history and legend that had emerged from the sands of the island’s east end just a few blocks west of  The Winds Resort. What he found were the remains of a World War II Navy fighter temporarily exposed by the waves and shifting sands along the beach. “I knew it was there from folklore,” Mr. Cook said. “It was rumored to have been there and sure enough she came up.” The wreck of the propeller-driven plane had been spotted intermittently over the years, but it had never surfaced ..read more
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Wilmington’s Railroad History
Island Life NC Magazine
by Gary
2w ago
The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad: Originally chartered in 1835 as the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad name began use in 1855. At the time of its 1840 completion, the line was the longest railroad in the world with 161.5 miles of 4ft 8in gauge track! As a central rail link along the Atlantic Coast, it carried heavy traffic during the Civil War and made a considerable profit (in Confederate currency) for its owners. Because the W&W had its own facilities for re-rolling iron rails and did not lie in the path of military action until the very end of the wa ..read more
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North Carolina Shipwreck Diving
Island Life NC Magazine
by Gary
2w ago
So many ships went down off the coast of North Carolina throughout history that the Outer Banks earned the nickname “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Today, the shipwrecks are far from dead. The waters around them bustle with divers and tiger sharks, while the hulls sway with anemones and coral. History flows through every porthole and runs through every beam, each wreck telling its silent story – many of them about WWII. The region’s treacherous past leaves divers with scores of options to choose from when planning their next adventure. If diving a graveyard is on your bucket list but you can ..read more
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Top Tomato Growing Tips
Island Life NC Magazine
by kim
2w ago
Tomatoes are an integral part of summer in the south. There’s nothing like picking a ripe tomato off the vine. Whether you make a delicious tomato sandwich, tomato pie, or toss them in a garden salad, tomatoes are a sure sign that summer is here. Growing your own tomatoes can save you a lot of money and the taste is of a fresh homegrown tomato is well worth the effort. Here are some of our best tips to enhance your tomato harvest. Irregular Watering Like all plants, tomato plants need consistent soil moisture; keep the soil wet enough to prevent wilting of the tomatoes but not so wet that the ..read more
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The Grey Man of Cape Hatteras
Island Life NC Magazine
by kim
2w ago
Hurricanes are a fact of life on the Carolina Coast. Every few years, one of these tremendous storms is going to blow in from the Atlantic and flood the coast, doing tremendous damage. These storms always move on, but while the hurricane is blowing it’s certain that homes will be lost and likely that people will die. No point in the state is more vulnerable to hurricanes than Cape Hatteras. Hatteras Island sits right on the edge of the Gulf Stream, the massive current of warm water that circles through the Atlantic. This current is powerful enough to have shaped the island itself into the dis ..read more
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Light Tower & Lightship
Island Life NC Magazine
by Gary
2w ago
The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower sits in forty feet of water at the merging point of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, twenty-eight miles offshore. The-Frying-Pan-Tower Built in 1964, its towers rise forty feet above the water. The station was completely automated, with a foghorn, a radio beacon, and an automated light that is visible for seventeen miles. From 1854 to 1964, before the light tower, a lightship was anchored at the shoals. The lightship—a manned vessel— was deemed impractical because of hurricanes, and it was replaced by the light tower, which did not involve such a r ..read more
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The Story Behind the 4th of July
Island Life NC Magazine
by kim
2w ago
July 4th calls to mind grilling in the backyard, parades filled with red, white and blue everything, days spent in the sun, and fireworks, but there’s much more to the holiday that celebrates America’s Independence. When the initial battles of the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, many of the colonists were against being entirely separated from British rule. Many just wanted the oppressive taxes including the Stamp Act to stop. However, in the next year, as hostility grew against Great Britain, many opinions started to change. The release of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense ..read more
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The First Charles Town
Island Life NC Magazine
by Gary
1M ago
Everyone knows that Charleston (originally called Charles Town) is in South Carolina right? However, that settlement wasn’t started until 1670 – North Carolina’s Charles Town predates that by almost a decade! In 1662 Englishman William Hilton, exploring on behalf of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, spent considerable time in Carolina, trading with the Cape Fear Indians and establishing friendly relations. Hilton’s travels ranged far to the south (where Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is named for him) and deep into the interior of Carolina. He reached the Cape Fear River in August 1662, calli ..read more
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The Man Behind the Mason Jar
Island Life NC Magazine
by kim
1M ago
For people who like to dabble in food preservation, Mason jars can be invaluable. The thick glass jars create a tight seal using a unique screw-top lid design. Coming in various sizes and even a wide-mouth version, they solve a lot of food storage issues. As you’ve probably already guessed, the jar was named after a person named Mason. Who was he? Why did he take such an interest in jars? And why don’t we know more about him? John Landis Mason was born on January 1, 1832. The New Jersey native’s great invention came in 1858, when the tinsmith developed a glass ja ..read more
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