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for The Researcher Vol. 14 Issue 1, Spring/Summer 1998
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Scherman recounts his search into the life of Elizabeth Oakes Smith, a nationally known writer and advocate for women's rights during the 19th-century. Smith lived with her son, Appleton Oaksmith, in Carteret County during the latter part of her life and died there in 1893. She is buried in Patchogue, Long Island.
On the evening of September 26, 1961, the tanker POTOMAC exploded as it was unloading four and a half million gallons of fuel at the State Port in Morehead City. Numerous fire departments responded. Two sailors were killed. The fire burned for five days and could be seen from thirty miles away. Only the heroic efforts of the firemen, who hosed down tanks containing millions of gallons of aviation fuel and standing 550 feet from the fire, kept the disaster from becoming even greater.
Appleton Oaksmith's life was one adventure after another - sea captain, suspected slaver, Civil War blockade runner, law fugitive, agent for foreign countries, and North Carolina state legislator. He settled in Carteret County in 1873 and was active in county business and political affairs.