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Captain Robert Maynard, known for killing the pirate Blackbeard, dies on January 1, 1750. Maynard served as third lieutenant on the HMS Bedford from 1709 until to 1716 when he was made first lieutenant of the HMS Pearl. In 1739 he was promoted to commander and a year later to captain. Maynard was given command of the vessels Ranger and Jane in order to hunt down Blackbeard in 1718. Image of a memorial plaque at St. Martin's Church Great Mongeham in Kent, England by Steve N.

From my visit in March, 2014 along Springer's Point on the way to Teach's Hole where Blackbeard met his demise.






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Captain Robert Maynard, known for killing the pirate Blackbeard, dies on January 1, 1750. Maynard served as third lieutenant on the HMS Bedford from 1709 until to 1716 when he was made first lieutenant of the HMS Pearl. In 1739 he was promoted to commander and a year later to captain. Maynard was given command of the vessels Ranger and Jane in order to hunt down Blackbeard in 1718. Image of a memorial plaque at St. Martin's Church Great Mongeham in Kent, England by Steve N.

From my visit in March, 2014 along Springer's Point on the way to Teach's Hole where Blackbeard met his demise.

Blue Fish
Maynard never gets enough credit. To take on Blackbeard without any cannons was suicidal, but he won. Great man.


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Certainly one of the underrated altercations in U.S. History for sure!


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On this day, January 2nd, in 1813, the schooner Patriot was lost off Cape Hatteras, most likely due to a storm, but it was never determined. The logbooks from the British fleet blockade does describe server weather that day, but the other school of thought was that pirates were the ones to blame.

Vice President Aaron Burr's daughter was on the ship and her fate remains unknown to this day. Her ghost has been seen wandering the beach according to legend. She was bringing a portrait of herself to her father. This is a replica of the portrait that's at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Community Museum in Hatteras.




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Thanks for these, Blue Fish. Very interesting. I need to get back down to the Graveyard of the Atlantic!


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On this day in 1712 the general assembly of the colony ordered that a fort be constructed near Core Sound with a garrison of 30 men to guard settlers from any attacks by the native Coree inhabitants. There is little record available to determine if the plans were ever carried out. Tensions were probably high between the two groups as encroachment on hunting and fishing grounds of the natives grew exceedingly worse. On this portion of a 1709 map by John Lawson the waters we know today as Core Sound and Newport River are labeled as Coranine, possibly the actual name of the native people from the area.




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65 years ago this year, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was officially established. Despite all of the growth at Hatteras, more than half of the island is protected from private ownership and future development. The name “Hatteras” was coined by Sir Richard Grenville in 1585 and appeared as “Hatrask.” a map. The word is commonly thought to be an old Indian expression that means “there is less vegetation.”

This is the Cape Hatteras Life Guard Station, which later became part of the Durant Motel, and was upended by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.





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Thank you, again, Blue Fish.


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Yes!! Thank you Blue Fish! Lots of really cool history in the area!


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This month In 1663 King Charles II (pictured below) gave a granted the land of North and South Carolina to 8 people. 48 years later this month (1711) European settlers came to Hatteras Island from North Carolina and Virginia mainlands. Avon was the first land grant established that year (called Kinnakeet). During colonial times the "Outer Banks" or "OBX" was called the "Hatteras Sand Banks" and was divided three ways - the Chicamacomico Banks, the Kinnakeet Banks, and the Cape Hatteras Banks.




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Thank you for this, Blue Fish. smiley with shades


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In 1846, the inlet that separates Hatteras Island from Ocracoke Island opened as the result of a hurricane.

In 1850 there were 661 people living on Ocracocke. 84 were slaves.

And in 1854 the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was raised to 150 feet along with the installation of the famous 1st order Fresnel lens.






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Roanoke Island was the setting for an historic experiment during the Civil War. Following the island's occupation by Union forces in 1862, it became a haven for African American families from throughout the region. Their presence prompted the Union army to establish a Freedmen's Colony on the northern end of Roanoke Island. While most of the freedmen returned to the mainland, many descendants still live, work and raise their families on Roanoke Island today.




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1874 - Seven life-saving stations are built along the North Carolina coast including one at Chicamacomico (in present day Rodanthe and Waves) and Little Kinnakeet (north of present day Avon). A U.S. Weather Station is established at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and eight additional life-saving stations are erected at Durant’s Hill (Hatteras Village), Creed’s Hill, Cape Hatteras, Big Kinnakeet (in present day Avon), Gull Shoal, New Inlet, Pea Island, and Oregon Inlet. Image: Creed's Hill Lifesaving Station.




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1877 - "Huron," one of the last American naval vessels to be built of iron rather than steel, and to be equipped with sails to supplement their steam engines, sank off Nags Head. 98 died.

The federal government was criticized for not providing adequate funding for the United States Life-Saving Service. Two months after the wreck of "Huron," the steamship "Metropolis" ran aground 23 miles to the north. 85 died.

These disasters prompt Congress to appropriate funding to build additional lifesaving stations along the North Carolina coast and increase their months of operation.

(picture of the "Huron")




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1899 - San Ciriaco, the Hurricane of 1899, results in the loss of 17 ships and the heroic rescue of Priscilla by surfman, Rasmus Midgett, who receives the highest accolade, the gold Medal of Honor, for single-handedly rescuing a number of the crew from the wrecked vessel. (Image: Rasmus Midgett on "Priscilla" courtesy of Outer Banks History Center)




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1899 - San Ciriaco, the Hurricane of 1899, results in the loss of 17 ships and the heroic rescue of Priscilla by surfman, Rasmus Midgett, who receives the highest accolade, the gold Medal of Honor, for single-handedly rescuing a number of the crew from the wrecked vessel. (Image: Rasmus Midgett on "Priscilla" courtesy of Outer Banks History Center)

Blue Fish
I LOVE this thread Blue Fish!!


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Love it, too!

As an aside, I'm guessing you already are aware of this account on Flickr belonging to the Outer Banks History Center: https://flic.kr/ps/EHXkq That's a link to their photo stream, however they do have individual albums which are pretty interesting to check out. smiley with shades


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Hadn't seen it before. Thanks obxmini!


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My pleasure. Thumbs up


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1923 - Under the guidance of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, the waters off of Hatteras Village were chosen as the location for a series of aerial bombings. The MB2 bombers set new altitude records with the use of superchargers in the tests. Mitchell’s pilots sank the decommissioned US battleships New Jersey and Virginia on September 5, 1923, 16 miles SE of the Cape Hatteras Light. The "Billy Mitchell Airport" in Frisco is named in honor of the General.

(Image: Brigadier General William " Billy" Mitchell)




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1923 - Under the guidance of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, the waters off of Hatteras Village were chosen as the location for a series of aerial bombings. The MB2 bombers set new altitude records with the use of superchargers in the tests. Mitchell’s pilots sank the decommissioned US battleships New Jersey and Virginia on September 5, 1923, 16 miles SE of the Cape Hatteras Light. The "Billy Mitchell Airport" in Frisco is named in honor of the General.

(Image: Brigadier General William " Billy" Mitchell)

Blue Fish


F.Y.I., The Executive Mansion in Richmond houses the silver service from the U.S.S. Virginia.


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On June 30, 1814, Otway Burns’ privateering ship Snap Dragon, temporarily under the command of Captain W. R. Graham, was captured by the British near, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Burns was at home suffering from rheumatism. The Snap Dragon mounted six guns and was carrying 70 men at the time it was seized. The vessel was on its fourth privateering voyage, and had recently captured the schooner Linnet, laden with fish and oil, and another schooner carrying fruit. Burns is recognized as making several of the most successful privateering voyages by any American during the war of 1812 against Great Brittain, a time when the American Navy was desperately in need of help. He was born and raised near Swansboro in Onslow County. His long resume includes shipbuilding, store keeper, salt maker, brick maker, investor in the Clubfoot/Harlowe Creek canal, representative in the General Assembly and lighthouse keeper. Burns is buried in Beaufort and has two towns named in his honor, Burnsville in Yancey County and Otway in Carteret County. Painting of the HMS Martin capturing the Snapdragon (source: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA).




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1941 - By the outbreak of World War II, charter fishing boat designs are faster, and have shelter and space for paying customers. Image courtesy of Ernie Foster.




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On this day 6 years ago, Andy Griffith died. The report from CNN...

Legendary actor and comedian Andy Griffith was laid to rest quickly, buried by family less than five hours after he died.

Griffith's body was placed in a grave on Roanoke Island near the coast of North Carolina at approximately 11:30 a.m., a funeral spokesman told CNN.

"It had been planned for some time," said the spokesman. "This was the wish of his family."

Griffith, the legendary entertainer who became a household name to millions of TV viewers on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock," died Tuesday at the age of 86.

In a statement released Tuesday, Griffith's family said the actor died after an illness, with his wife by his side.