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The German submarine U-558 sank HMS Bedfordshire, a British naval ship on submarine patrol duty off Ocracoke Island in May 1942, killing thirty-seven British sailors. Four bodies from the ship washed up on Ocracoke Island. Residents buried them in a small plot. Later, the United States ceded the land to England in perpetuity for one dollar.
What made Ocracoke unique from many other NC towns was heard in an accent betraying the area’s English roots. As for what could be seen, they were reasonably priced accommodations for visitors and friendliness of people descended from the original dozen families.
Zacharias’ definition of Hatteras Island: not just a barrier between the ocean and mainland; vulnerable to hurricanes and shipwrecks; Blackbeard’s visitation; site for Ocracoke Lighthouse. Island is also defined as a land rich with history. Hatteras’ place in state history was set during its days as Pilot Town, when residents navigated ships through Pamlico Sound’s shoals. Hatteras’ place in personal history can be seen in families such as Ballance and Howard, whose graveyards and ghost stories attesting lives going back as far as ten generations.