Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts
The $21.00 hardcover, which tells the definitive story of both the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the island’s seafaring men.
The new book, published in an enhanced edition, is a companion volume to Cloud’s Portsmouth: The Way It Was, re-published last year 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 light- house 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 reproductionand a keepsake hardcover binding.
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.