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OPS to launch reprint of Ocracoke history book on Friday

Two Outer Banks classics about Ocracoke, almost impossible to find, by the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud, will be published as one new book, “Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Old Salts,” and will be available for purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

Published by Ray McAllister’s Beach Glass Books, the book recounts the definitive story of both the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the island’s seafaring men.

The new book, published in an enhanced edition, is a companion volume to Cloud’s “Portsmouth: The Way It Was,” republished last year in a similar edition. Ocracoke and the deserted Portsmouth once were sister villages on either side of Ocracoke Inlet.

Cloud’s unparalleled research, little-known stories and own family traditions make “Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Old Salts” a must- read for any lover of the Outer Banks.

First published 25 years ago as “Ocracoke Lighthouse,” Part One shares the history of the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest on the East Coast.

Cloud also includes her personal story and that of a few public-spirited friends who engaged in

the rollicking “Great Window Heist” to keep the historic lighthouse from being irreparably damaged by government officials.

Part Two, first published as the award-winning “Old Salt,” introduces Ocracoke’s “men of the sea,” pilots, fishermen and shrimpers, men of war, shipbuilders, surf men of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and even her own father.

The new book includes a new foreword by award-winning coastal author McAllister and two short pieces Cloud wrote after the books’

publications, plus more pages and enhanced photographs.

This hard-cover book sells for $21. Although concurrently going on sale throughout the Outer Banks, sales at other booksellers and online begin May 24.

Ellen Marie (Fulcher) Cloud. Photo courtesy of Friends of Portsmouth Island.

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