Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts

Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts

by Ellen Fulcher Cloud


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Two Outer Banks classics about Ocracoke by the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud, long almost impossible to find, have been published as Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Old Salts, by Beach Glass Books.

The $21.00 hardcover, which tells the definitive story of both the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the island’s seafaring men, has been published in an enhanced edition. It is a companion volume to Cloud’s Portsmouth: The Way It Was, previously re-published in a similar edition. Ocracoke and the deserted Portsmouth once were sister villages on either side of Ocracoke Inlet.

Cloud’s unparalleled research, little-known stories and own family tradition make Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Old Salts a must-read for any lover of the Outer Banks.

First published 25 years ago as Ocracoke Lighthouse, Part 1 shares the history of the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest on the East Coast. Cloud also includes her personal story and that of a few public-spirited friends who engaged in the rollicking “Great Window Heist” to keep the historic lighthouse from being irreparably damaged by government officials.

Part 2, first published as the award-winning Old Salt, introduces Ocracoke’s “men of the sea” – pilots, fishermen and shrimpers, men of war, shipbuilders, surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and even her own father.

Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Old Salts includes a new foreword by award-winning coastal author Ray McAllister. The new edition also includes two short pieces Cloud wrote after the books’ publications, plus more pages and photographs, enhanced photo reproduction and a keepsake hardcover binding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998788135
Publisher: Beach Glass Books
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ellen Fulcher Cloud, who passed away in December 2016, is the author of three books, including two contained in this volume and Portsmouth: The Way It Was. A native of Ocracoke Island, she was a local historian, preservationist and genealogist, as well as an accomplished sketch artist.
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