Hatteras Island: Keeper of the Outer Banks

Hatteras Island: Keeper of the Outer Banks

by Ray McAllister


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Hatteras Island shares the history, people and continuing allure of the remote island that has come to symbolize the Outer Banks. Here are stories of the famed lighthouse, the Lost Colony, Blackbeard and fellow pirates, German U-boat attacks, and both the first transmission of music and the receipt of the Titanic's distress call. Here are shipwrecks and hurricanes, the national seashore and Highway 12, the charming villages and the hardy people, and vacationers who love this island. The 2nd edition adds stories of the new bridge to Hatteras, brutal hurricanes, the short-lived Shelly Island, and much more. Hatteras is, as the author says, "a conversation with an island."

Hatteras is the winner of the North Carolina Association of Historian's Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the Readers Favorite Award. See more information at the author's web site, www.RayMcAllister.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895873637
Publisher: Ray McAllister Books
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: McAllister Coastal Collection Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 561,551
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ray McAllister is a former columnist for the ichmond Times-Dispatch and former editor of Boomer magazine, in Richmond, Va. He also is the author of Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea; Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, and Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks. Most recently, he is the author of The Forum Files: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum. He also publishes the works of other writers.

BEACH GLASS BOOKS: Begun as a children's book publisher, Beach Glass has expanded to include titles about North Carolina and Virginia, as well as other topics.

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Hatteras Island: Keeper of the Outer Banks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ray McAllister’s storytelling is superb. … This is one accessible book – so much to enjoy.” THE NORTH BEACH SUN, Outer Banks, N.C., Bill Rickman Romantics love this state’s Outer Banks. Former Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Ray McAllister understands why. In the introduction to his new book ‘Hatteras Island: Keeper of the Outer Banks” (John F. Blair, Publisher, [$19.95 hardcover, $13.95 paperback]), McAllister writes that he discovered Hatteras unintentionally in 1982. He was headed to the more popular Nags Head destination, but decided to keep driving south. “It was so good that we kept going back,” he writes. McAllister’s historical-travelogue approach (with plenty of historical photos) will have you headed [to Hatteras].” DURHAM HERALD-SUN, Cliff Bellamy McAllister’s style is powerful, poetic, yet very easy reading. It’s like he is your worldly neighbor who went on vacation and came home to personally tell you the secrets he discovered on Hatteras Island. If you love not just the Outer Banks but its heart and soul, Hatteras Island, the Keeper of the Outer Banks, you will love this treasure.” THE COASTLAND TIMES, Manteo, N.C. As in the other books, McAllister delivers easygoing essays on a number of enthralling topics, such as the Outer Banks pirates, the story of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the first radio broadcast of music anywhere in the world (at Hatteras Island in 1902), the history of the local lifesaving stations and the mystery of the beautiful five-masted schooner Carroll A. Deering, which showed up off Hatteras in 1921, minus its crew. (No one ever answered what happened to them.) “Hatteras Island” also offers McAllister’s salute to the Outer Banks fishing piers and a profile of the great David Stick, author of ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ and other classics. Hatteras Island is a keeper. WILMINGTON STAR-NEWS, Ben Steelman Graced by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Hatteras falls near the southernmost point of the Outer Banks. Brimming with history, it’s also a relaxed and relaxing place where beach-lovers can find peace. As such, McAllister, though writing of Hatteras’ long history, instead calls this book “a conversation with an island.” It’s a conversation to be savored, in a hammock at a beach house in July or under a blanket in an armchair in January. RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, Jay Strafford This book is a look at the island’s history, the contemporary life and issues here, and a brief glimpse of what the future might be. That’s a lot to cover in one book, but McAllister has pulled it off, managing to weave all the pieces together in a style that is very readable. … McAllister’s background as a journalist is apparent in the care he took in his research and reporting. His reporting of places, names, and events is admirably accurate. It’s hard to find an error, which isn’t always the case when outsiders come here to write about Hatteras. The author is really perceptive when he writes about the life and lifestyle of today’s islanders – of why we are here, why we stay here or don’t, why we put up with the inconveniences of island life and the storms. ISLAND FREE PRESS, Irene Nolan
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