Stories by Ocracoke Observer

Ocracoke passenger ferry run starts Monday with free preview

In addition to free WiFi, the Vineyard, which will be renamed for this season, has 149 seats, bike racks, luggage storage, will allow pets and will have some concessions but no alcohol service.

May 18


Ocracoke set to get rental passenger ferry in late May

The state Ferry Division met with the owner of Seastreak on March 29 in Hatteras and a test run was done on the route, The Ferry Division also looked into purchasing a used boat if the one under construction cannot be fixed.

Apr 15


New walk-on ferry a no-go this season; state looks at renting one

Failing welds have delayed completion of the passenger ferry between Ocracoke and Hatteras. The state is looking into the possibility of renting a vessel to provide the service for the upcoming season.

Mar 30


Construction issues delay launch of Ocracoke passenger ferry

A passenger ferry slated for delivery in May for runs between Ocracoke and Hatters will be delayed indefinitely because of problems with construction at U.S. Workboats in Hubert.

Mar 12


Volunteers find cold-stunned sea turtles on Ocracoke Island

Sea turtles have migrated into the warm Gulf Stream, but they may get sick, injured or stunned by cold water and float toward land all along the Outer Banks where NEST volunteers monitor them in the winter.

Jan 20


An ocean plunge for a new year on Ocracoke

Several first-timers were among about 45 kids and adults of all ages Tuesday afternoon for Ocracoke’s version of the Polar Plunge at the airport beach off Ramp 70.

Jan 6


Hidden gems: Ocracoke Island’s live oak trees you don’t see

Easily seen along Howard Street and frequently photographed, these famous oaks receive their accolades. Secreted away in the hidden backyards, dirt lanes and dead-end paths are the hidden gems, the “other oaks of Ocracoke.”

Nov 19


Volunteers needed to help find cold stunned sea turtles

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles is seeking volunteers interested in helping patrol for and/or transport turtles that wash up during the fall and winter months, and will hold an informational training meeting Saturday in Ocracoke.

Nov 15


Tolls resume on Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferry routes

Toll collection on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes was suspended during Hurricane Florence, but now that the free Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route has reopened to the public, tolling on the long routes has resumed.

Oct 1


Ocracoke trams make early debut during limited ferry service

Hyde County put the trams into service to accommodate walk-on ferry riders who might not be able to reserve a vehicle slot on the Swan Quarter or Cedar Island routes, which are on limited schedules.

Sep 24


Ocracoke spared major damage from Hurricane Florence

Whereas catastrophic damage has occurred in much of eastern North Carolina and more to come inland with heavy rain and river flooding from Hurricane Florence, Ocracoke had a surprisingly quiet night and the worst may be over.

Sep 14


As last ferries leave, some Ocracokers stay and wait for Florence

The last ferry departed Wednesday morning, leaving around 200 residents who are going to weather the storm. With Florence’s new altered westerly path, many don't think the island will get nearly as much flooding or damage.

Sep 12