Snapshots at a beach, one of NC's best kept secrets

Quick trip to a beach off the beaten path. A couple of shots grabbed coming and going. A clean beach, more gulls than people. No bath house, no fast food joints, no tourist gift shops, no sharks, no rip current warnings. Just sand and gentle surf.

A cruise ship docks nearby. It traverses the Pamlico Sound but offers no lavish buffets, no live entertainment, no casinos. Also, no known existence of crippling illnesses evolving among passengers, no murder mysteries, no record of half of a honey-mooning couple disappearing overboard.

Road Scholars Presentations

Ben Casey will make 3 presentations based on his research on Eastern NC Waterways this fall. He will share images in a PowerPoint slide show for 3 different non-profit civic organizations. There will be a particular emphasis on his recent work Down East in Core Sound communities, including Harkers Island. . These presentations are sponsored by the NC Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program.
If your non-profit organization would benefit from such a program, visit the NC Humanities Council’s website to learn more and request a presentation. This is a service provided by the Humanities Council; there is no charge to the non-profits.

Frances Mae Update

Few red day markers are left starboard of the NC Coastal Heritage Association’s Frances Mae’s construction before she is ready for the public to view a tangible exhibit of rack-of-the-eye boatbuilding by Harkers Island native, Heber Guthrie.

Arapahoe native Bud Belangia, transportation director for the Frances Mae, looks on as Rusty Daniels and his assistant Chris secure the vessel for its trip to Powercraft Marine. For details, visit…/frances-mae-from-daniels…. Windows have now been installed in the wheelhouse that will honor the memory of the late Congressman Tim Valentine from the real Nashville, in North Carolina, not Tennessee.
Donations purchased the glass. Rusty Daniels donated his labor. He told project coordinator Ben Casey, “Ben, I’m not doing this because I like you.” As Casey reacted with a blank stare, “Rusty made a save by adding, “Oh, I do like you, Ben, but I really like what this organization is doing.” The glass in the windows, ideal for a boat that can experience a degree of rolling and pitching in rough seas, is shatter-proof safety glass, glass that Rusty Daniels custom cut to fit rack-0f-the-eye built windows.
Friends and associates of Tim Valentine, recalling his sense of pride in North Carolina’s heritage and his genuine service to and respect for the common man … a pool of humanity that most assuredly embraces independent commercial fishermen … donated funds to build and equip the pilot house. His name will permanently adorn the captain’s seat at the helm. A plaque in the wheelhouse will highlight how his life of service was an example of Aaron Copeland’s fanfare for the common man.
Outfitting Frances Mae with a powerplant is now underway. A traditional Core Sound workboat, she will be powered by an engine common in American waters, an Evinrude. The Evinrude Corporation and Jeff Schwarzer of Powercraft Marine in Oriental have made it possible for Frances Mae’s old-time construction to be matched with an Evinrude’s state-of-the-art E-TEC G-2, an engine that is an environmental breakthrough for 2-stroke engines. This engine burns less fuel, has high standards for curtailing emissions, and is much quieter than older 2-stroke engines.

Frances Mae makes public debut

Frances Mae, a rack-of-the-eye Core Sound workboat constructed by Harkers Island native Heber Guthrie, made its public debut at the Croaker Festival in Oriental, July 1. She served as the transport vessel for parade Grand Marshalls, two young commercial fishermen, Zack and Keith Bruno, teenage sons of Keith and Marianne Bruno.
Frances Mae will be a teaching tool for the NC Coastal Heritage Association, documenting and preserving a centuries old tradition of Down East Boatbuilding.
Heber Guthrie stood at the soon-to-be helm during the parade. Rusty Daniels of Daniel’s Glass in Alliance will soon be fitting the vessel with safety glass. Frances Mae will leave the glass shop for a short trip to PowerCraft Marine in Oriental where Jeff Schwarzer and Donald Smithwick will install an Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine. The vessel will be ready to begin its mission Fall 2017.
NCCHA thanks Brian Ellenberg, Pamlico County Farm Bureau agent, and his son-in-law for providing ground transportation for Frances Mae in the parade.

Overdue for posting Core Sound winter sunrise

Sunrise sunset … sunrise, sunset,
Swiftly flow the days,
Sunrise sunset …

Wild cut from local woodlands ...

Wild Cut from local forests, red cedar, white oak, eucalyptus, crafted for form & function … profits support NC Coastal Heritage Association, Acquire a treasure that your heirs will show on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow to discover its appreciated value. Cherish our coastal heritage, contact to purchase accessories for your home or office … hall trees, side tables, eucalyptus and red cedar wall hangings, table centerpieces, coat hangers, white oak carving boards, plain boards or butcher block styles, serving trays, Core Banks shells mounted on cypress, ceramic tile house numbers mounted and framed on red cedar or cypress.

Carolina Flare Personified

Harkers Island is reportedly the birthplace of the Carolina Flare in boat hull construction. This shop in Marshallberg carries on the tradition in the nth degree. This much flare created by strip planking does not come easily.

Nearing completion, Frances Mae needs a little more help

Rack-of-the-eye boat building, described below in detail, is one of the two main industries that set Harkers Island apart from the rest of the world. But it has almost disappeared as a full time career for Down East natives.
The Florence Mae, built by Harkers Island native Heber Guthrie for for the NC Coastal Heritage Association, is almost finished. It will travel to schools and functions all across the state as a tangible example of rack-of-the-eye boatbuilding. She will travel the ICW annually from the Dismal Swamp to Southport with pre-scheduled stops at towns and villages along the way. Residents can board her and examine photo documentation of how she was constructed using methods passed down through centuries.

But, she needs help before she can be launched. About half of the funds have been raised to purchase an engine. Please donate to NCCHA, a 501C-3 nonprofit, by visiting the donate page of this website or mailing a donation to NCCHA
3325 Hwy. 306
South Grantsboro, NC
Donors will be recognized on a plaque mounted in the cabin.