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Down East is more water than land and stretches from Beaufort to Cedar Island. Earley describes a diverse collection of fishing boats and their builders that have plied these waters for almost a century.
Shipbuilding was a tradition in Onslow County even before its boundaries were officially drawn in 1734. This shipbuilding tradition was not limited to small riverine craft and dugouts but included large vessels and steamboats. Swansboro was the main location for these boatbuilding endeavors constituting over half of the vessels built within the county.
North Carolina boat builders make some of the finest water craft and build a multimillion dollar industry that's adding revenue to the state's economy.
The craftsmanship of boat building has a long history in eastern North Carolina. Among the notable craftsmen, Herbert William Barbour started Barbour Boat Works, Inc. in New Bern in 1932. During his time, Barbour produced boats for the military, commercial fishing, and Coast Guard, and ferries for the State of North Carolina.