In 1865, the first menhaden factory was established on Harkers Island. While today Carteret County is well known for the Beaufort and Morehead City fisheries, Harkers Island still participates in the industry during the warmer summer months. Historically, families living closest to fish factories in Davis and Smyrna, North Carolina, held seasonal positions as crew members and factory workers. In total, forty-four boats were involved in the Harkers Island fisheries which covered areas in the Core Sound. Approximately twenty-six were locally built, although few of these were designed for specific use in the fishery. This article addresses various fishing vessels and the histories of their owners.