"After incredible labor we succeeded, at length, in getting the long-boat over the side without material accident, and into this we crowded the whole of the crew and most of the passengers. This party made off immediately, and, after undergoing much suffering, finally arrived, in safety, at Ocracoke Inlet, on the third day after the wreck."
It was written in 1844 by Edgar Allan Poe in his short story "The Oblong Box."
|Edgar Allan Poe|
In 1844, it seems, Poe felt no need to identify Ocracoke Inlet. Numerous shipwrecks in the vicinity, notably the 1837 wreck of the steam packet Home, made Ocracoke well known.
"The Oblong Box" is only seven and a half pages long, and, as with all of Poe's works, worth reading.
Out latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Aleta, Ocracoke's mailboat from 1944-1952, compliments of the Core Sound Museum. Click on the following link for photos, text, and audio recordings about this iconic vessel: http://www.coresound.com/saltwaterconnections/portlight/aleta/