Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts

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 Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts

By Ellen Fulcher Cloud
New edition
Foreword by Ray McAllister

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.

ISBN: 978-0-9987881-3-5 $21.00 hardcover. Published April 20, 2018. Non-fiction, History. 5-7/8 x 8-3/4, 224 pages, 81 B&W photos/illus.

 The $21.00 hardcover, which tells the definitive story of both the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the island’s seafaring men, launched at a special event April 20 at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, while concurrently going on sale throughout the North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Sales at other booksellers and online begin April 27.

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.

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Book signing at the publication launch for “Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts,” Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

Ray McAllister, Simona Spickett and Deidra Ramsey discuss the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud and her two books at the launch for “Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts.”

Large overflow crowd attended the publication event at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum’s David Williams House, built circa 1900. Attendees spilled out into both hallways off the main room.

Ellen Fulcher Cloud’s books, “Portsmouth” and “Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts,” in the museum gift shop, flanked by Ray McAllister’s “Hatteras Island” and “Ocracoke.”

Special museum display for “Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts,” following the launch.

At Buxton Village Books, on Hatteras Island: Ellen Fulcher Cloud’s “Portsmouth” and the new “Ocracoke Lighthouse and The Old Salts.” (Above are Ray McAllister’s “Hatteras Island” and “Ocdracoke.”)

Ray McAllister, Deidra Ramsey and Simona Spickett sign a couple cases of books at Books to be Red on Ocracoke, before the official launch at the OPS Museum.

Books to be Red, Ocracoke’s only true bookstore, carries both Ellen Cloud’s books, as well as both Ray McAllister’s Outer Banks books (in hardcover and paperback editions).

Ellen’s companion books, effectively re-issuing all three of her works in hardcover editions.