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The first recorded visit of European explorers to the Outer Banks occurred in 1524. An Italian adventurer, Giovanni da Verazzano was sponsored by the King of France to explore the New World. Landing north of Kure Beach, Verazzano proceeded past Shackleford Banks recording the local flora and fauna. While anchored for the night, the crew met some of the local Tuscarora and Coree peoples. The crew noted that Europeans were greeted with enthusiasm and welcomed, a sentiment which would fade by the early 18th century. The vessel continued to patrol the coast and later met Algonquian Indians living in the northern Outer Banks. Verazzano would continue north up the coast, eventually arriving at New York Harbor and Nantucket Island.
Captain Edward Stanley Lewis was a Beaufort native who was engaged with maritime industry from an early age. Working as a cabin boy for a lumber barge, Lewis adopted sailing and fishing during his teenage years. He worked as a pilot, ferrying yachts from New York to Miami and mastered party boats out of Beaufort. After obtaining his captain’s license, Lewis worked on various menhaden boats associated with Outer Banks fisheries.