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Lighthouse Adventure

Many people are fascinated by lighthouses, their construction, and their importance to our shippers and history. South East N C is fortunate to have three distinct and very different styles of light houses that have played pivotal roles in the history of our state and country. The dangerous coast of N C is known as the ”Graveyard of the Atlantic” and rightfully so, therefore our number of lighthouses.  Here in South East NC which is referred to as the “Southern Outer Banks” we still have one working USCG maintained lighthouse but our lighthouse history is strong and very historical!

This trip requires a minimum of 5 hours to complete due to the distances we must cover. We can arrange a longer trip if you wish and have lunch at a island restaurant or an “over the water” bar and grill eatery! We will visit “Old Baldy” on Smith Island, home to an exclusive resort, and climb and explore this nonworking historical lighthouse, it’s oil room, and the lighthouse keeper’s residences. This is truly a wonderful historic preservation of a former true working lighthouse that played a major role in the helping guide the ships around the deadly “Frying Pan Shoals” of the Cape Fear River. There is a wonderful museum and gift shop with many lighthouse and historical themed items, charts, books, artwork and figurines for purchase. We highly recommend your purchasing some of these items or making a donation to the museum to help this volunteer nonprofit group so they can continue their work.  Just adjacent to the lighthouse is the “Old Church” which is quite beautiful and very photographable. After departing “Ole Baldy” and Smith Island, we proceed to the Oak Island Lighthouse where we view and photograph it strictly from the water (Since it is currently a USCG facility we are not allowed to land). From there we then travel up the Cape Fear River to the site of the historic and little known “Price’s Creek Light” which played an important part in our river history and most important as a “signal light” during the Civil War! A beautiful structure on private land, we can photograph from the boat but we may not access it by land.

For the true lighthouse aficionado, because of our different and unique structures, this is the trip of a lifetime…..it is one of the few places in the world where three distinct lighthouses are visible at the same time! There is more but it is so special it only occurs at the end of your Lighthouse Excursion! Be sure to ask me about my daughter-in-law……..

To make sure the Old Baldy tour is exceptional, please plan this trip well in advance so I can properly line up our dockage, lunch (if requested), our tour guides at the museum for the “Old Baldy” tour on Smith Island, and scheduling. Sometimes we can arrange this trip in a few hours, but it is much better with advance notice….Many thanks for your patience.

Call (910) 262-3474 For More Info!

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Blackbeard's Pirates Be Hanged!
January 28, 1719: According to the log of HMS Pearl, whose sailors played a critical role in the November 1718 sea battle that killed Edward Thach near Ocracoke, N.C., two of the condemned pirates were taken from the ship and hanged on the Hampton, Virginia waterfront on this day.
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Blackbeards Pirates Be Hanged!
January 28, 1719: According to the log of HMS Pearl, whose sailors played a critical role in the November 1718 sea battle that killed Edward Thach near Ocracoke, N.C., two of the condemned pirates were taken from the ship and hanged on the Hampton, Virginia waterfront on this day.

On the 28th of January, 1687, Royal Navy ship the Drake sailed into Port Royal, with onlookers spotting four pirates hung from its yardarm as it approached. The pirates; Joseph Bannister and three of his crew.

Bannister had spent over six years as a merchant captain on the Golden Fleece, running trade from Jamaica to London, but after the Golden Fleece wrecked in 1684, Bannister fell in with the pirate crowd from Port Royal; as repairing his ship would be costly. He went out on the account, and Governor Molesworth of Jamaica would dispatch ships to track down Bannister, but he would remain elusive for years.

In time, Captain Spragg of the Drake would capture Bannister and his crew near the Mosquito Coast, finding them living alongside natives. Spragg had been given the right, from the governor, to try and convict Bannister on the way back to Port Royal if he ever were to catch him, as Bannister had become known for his trickery and had escaped from situations before.

Not long before arriving in Port Royal, Bannister and three of his men had their arms bound behind their backs, and were one at a time hanged from the yardarm. The sight of the ship arriving reportedly brought great joy to Governor Molesworth, with him writing a letter to London stating:

”It was a great spectacle of great satisfaction to all good people, and of terror to the favorers of pirates, the manner of his punishment being that which will most discourage others, which is why I empowered Captain Spragg to inflict it.”

(pictured are four pirates hanged from a ship’s rigging [from Black Sails], and a look at a depiction of Port Royal [from Drain the Sunken Pirate City])
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On the 28th of January, 1687, Royal Navy ship the Drake sailed into Port Royal, with onlookers spotting four pirates hung from its yardarm as it approached. The pirates; Joseph Bannister and three of his crew. 

Bannister had spent over six years as a merchant captain on the Golden Fleece, running trade from Jamaica to London, but after the Golden Fleece wrecked in 1684, Bannister fell in with the pirate crowd from Port Royal; as repairing his ship would be costly. He went out on the account, and Governor Molesworth of Jamaica would dispatch ships to track down Bannister, but he would remain elusive for years. 

In time, Captain Spragg of the Drake would capture Bannister and his crew near the Mosquito Coast, finding them living alongside natives. Spragg had been given the right, from the governor, to try and convict Bannister on the way back to Port Royal if he ever were to catch him, as Bannister had become known for his trickery and had escaped from situations before. 

Not long before arriving in Port Royal, Bannister and three of his men had their arms bound behind their backs, and were one at a time hanged from the yardarm. The sight of the ship arriving reportedly brought great joy to Governor Molesworth, with him writing a letter to London stating:

”It was a great spectacle of great satisfaction to all good people, and of terror to the favorers of pirates, the manner of his punishment being that which will most discourage others, which is why I empowered Captain Spragg to inflict it.”

(pictured are four pirates hanged from a ship’s rigging [from Black Sails], and a look at a depiction of Port Royal [from Drain the Sunken Pirate City])Image attachment
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