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Coupe Poor Submarine Carolina Man Learns

Morris Oxford cabriolet 1924. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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This story was picked up by several national news sources, including the Daily Review (Hayward, California) in which it was published July 18, 1930. Aycock Brown was a legend on the Outer Banks and in the early 1940s ran a newspaper called the Ocracoke Island Beacon. He has been described as one-man promoter of the North Carolina coast. Captain Garrish was a long-time resident of Ocracoke. 

Ocracoke, N.C. – A coupe does not make a good submarine, and there is a lot to be learned about driving along the beach.

Aycock Brown drove along the sound side of the island at low tide. His car stuck in the mud while tide was flowing. In less than three hours what had been a dry beach was 100 feet or more from land and only the hood of the coupe was visible.

Capt. James Henry Garrish, using the regulation life-saving tackle, rescued the car and its driver. Islanders and coat guardsmen assisted in the rescue.