Lessons of Core Sound Workboats

"Haul Boat and Shack, 2006." Photo by Lawrence S. Earley.

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Lessons of Core Sound Workboats

by Lawrence S. Earley
Southern Cultures, Vol. 15, No. 2: Summer 2009

"Peering across the sound in the twilight, a fisherman quickly knows who is anchored for the night or heading to shore. He reads another boat by the pattern of its lights, the design of its pilot house, the lift of its stern, the shape of its bow."

Core Sound is a shallow body of water in eastern North Carolina that carries the Core Sound National Seashore on its eastern shoulder and the Carteret County peninsula on its west. Between Beaufort, the mainland town that has prettied itself up over recent decades, and Cedar Island, a jumping-off point by ferry for the tourist destination of Ocracoke, a handful of small fishing villages comprise the area locally known as “Down East.”