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It's Tuesday September 2, 2014

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Oar Trophy | September 1, 2014
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A Labor Day weekend tradition is the Oar Race from New Bern to Oriental (the race back is the Michelob Regatta). The Oar Trophy is awarded to the winner of the first race. It’s a different trophy than any other local race award – the oar above was from the MV “Clara”, which participated in the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. Each year a new name of the race winner is added. More about the tradition in this 2010 file story. Photo from Saturday night’s race party in Oriental. (Charley Bratton photo)

Carolina Skiff At Dawsons Creek | August 31, 2014
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We were fascinated to read about Terry Stark, the founder of Carolina Skiff, in the well written obit in Saturday’s News & Observer. One wouldn’t have guessed that the ubiquitous fishing boat was the creation of a cruising sailor needing some bucks. Above is Ben Casey’s Carolina Skiff 19 passing under the Dawson’s Creek bridge. Crew is TownDock dog Jack. (The pilot house is a non-factory option). Today’s Dock Quote comes from Terry Stark.

Sailboat and Trawlers | August 30, 2014
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Along the waterfront in Oriental this morning, a sailboat named Again and behind her, Capt. Cecil and other shrimping trawlers whose crews have brought their catch to Garland Fulcher Seafood. As the shrimp season wanes, there are fewer trawlers on the harbor on the weekends.

Montessori Sailor High Fives | August 29, 2014
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50 High Fives as sailors celebrate a successful voyage. Jim Edward’s Bow To Stern Boating hosted 50 young sailors this week from a Montessori School in Kentucky. Thursday all the sailors sailed into the harbor / Town Dock area for a well earned ice cream break at The Bean.

Riley Jack Sailing Into The Canvas | August 28, 2014
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Riley Jack is the name of the sailboat seemingly sailing on to the canvas in a painting by Marlene Miller. Her works can be seen at the Village Gallery on Oriental’s harbor.

Piling At Sunset | August 27, 2014
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The late sun’s glow ties up to a piling at Oriental Harbor Marina. That sunset is coming earlier and earlier since we’re now closer to the autumn equinox than the summer solstice.

Clouds at Deatons | August 26, 2014
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A large cloud formation reflects in the waters by Deatons.

Cristobal Moves North | August 25, 2014
This is Tropical Storm Cristobal, moving towards the Bahamas today, and then north Tuesday towards Bermuda. It is expected to miss Bermuda, staying west of the island. Cristobal is forecast be closer to Bermuda than our shores. (video provided by NOAA)

Impulse in Channel | August 25, 2014
The sailboat, Impulse, which dragged anchor from Oriental’s anchorage to the channel leading to Pecan Grove Marina on Sunday.

Bogart and The Projector | August 24, 2014
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An old movie projector, at Oriental’s History Museum. It’s one of two that were used at Oriental’s Old Theater in the days when films were shown from reels. The museum is looking to sell the 2nd projector, with proceeds going toward ongoing museum operations. For more info, email museum@dockline.net. Another view of the projector and the eyes behind it, here.

Projector at History Museum | August 24, 2014
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Another side of the movie projector at Oriental’s History Museum. There are two of the projectors from the movie house that is now the Old Theater. The museum is taking offers on one of them, in order to free up some room for other exhibits.

Three Dollar Melons | August 23, 2014
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A trailer load of watermelons and a money box along Highway 55. Payment was on the honor system.

Audacity - Motor Vessel Dream | August 22, 2014
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Audacity. Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a confident and daring quality that is often seen as shocking or rude : an audacious quality”. Audacity is also the name of a local man’s dream for a fuel efficient power cruiser.

Eagle Spotted In Harbor | August 21, 2014
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Tranquility harbor, the eagle has docked. This eagle is part of the pilot house design on the shrimp trawler Miss Kayden, visiting Oriental’s harbor this past weekend. (BenCasey photo)

Work Begins On New Deck At The Bean | August 20, 2014
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Kent Holde and Bob Wright started work on revamping the side deck at the Bean Monday by taking apart the existing handicap ramp. It’ll be replaced with an elevator, allowing for an 8 foot wide side (flat) deck on the side of the building facing the Duck Pond

Big Cloud | August 19, 2014
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A large summer cloud settles over Whittaker Creek channel, as seen from South Avenue.

Bow at Deatons | August 18, 2014
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The bow of a boat is reflected in a slip at Deaton’s.

First Old Front Porch Music Festival | August 17, 2014
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At the porch of Oriental’s Town Hall Saturday, organizers of the First Front Porch Music Festival – Leslie Kellenberger and Dottie Osmun – gathered with some of the musicians who’ll be playing on ten Broad and Hodges Street porches on Saturday, September 13. More than a dozen bands are taking part, among them, Harborsounds and the UHOOs, Ed Terry, Bob Jones and the Del Rios.

Sea Harbour Reflections | August 16, 2014
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Mass reflection of masts at Sea Harbour Yacht Club.

New Oceanis38 Arrives | August 15, 2014
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Dave Wright of St. Barts Yachts in Oriental helps coax a brand new Beneteau in to its space in the yard Thursday afternoon. The Oceanis 38 had been at the Marion, SC factory just 4 hours earlier.