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Basketball Splash | June 13, 2024

Every now and then some wisdom comes your way… it just splashes into your life. Today could be one of those days.

Barn Swallow on the Line | June 12, 2024

A barn swallow perches on a line in Pierce Creek. (Click for the full view)

The World's Leading Loopers | June 11, 2024

On the town dock this morning are two iconic vessels, that also may be the world’s two leading loopers. MV Manatee is now underway on it’s 34th US loop. At right, SV Princes Mia is on it’s 15th Atlantic loop. Both vessels have traveled well over 100,000 miles.

Vanquish VQ58 | June 10, 2024

At the Oriental Marina Inn fuel dock this weekend: it’s a Vanquish VQ58. All aluminum, made in Holland. Twin Volvo 950hp diesels, she can run at 40 knots. A new VQ58 lists at $4 million, but a savvy shopper such as yourself could find one a couple years old for just a bit over $3 million. (click pic for more Vanquish views)

Drone Anchorage View | June 9, 2024

How many visiting boats are in Oriental on a Saturday night in June? In the anchorage, 9 boats (some are not transient visitors). (click for more anchorage views)

Rope Door Stop | June 7, 2024

The work of a traditional marlinspike artist: it’s a rope doorstop, on duty at the River Dunes Harbor Club.

Pelican over the Neuse | June 6, 2024

Pelican, mid-flight, over the Neuse on Tuesday. (Click for the full view)

Dana Magliola named ICSA Hall of Fame member | June 5, 2024

This is Dana Magliola, coach of the NC State SailPack sailing team. We see him in Oriental a few times a year for collegiate regattas and sail training events. Dana has been honored by ICSA (the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association) – the 2024 Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Award, which elevates him to being a member of the ICSA Hall Of Fame.

Taco Logo Arrives | June 4, 2024
A taco stand is coming to Oriental, at the corner of Hodges Street & South Water. The logo/sign is now on the taco trailer. (click pic for more taco views)

Pony In The Road | June 3, 2024

If you drive through on Whortonsville Rd in the county, you just might come upon a small horse in the road. The horse just stands there, comfortable the occasional vehicle will steer around. The horse is one of a few that lives in an adjacent barn & field. (click pic for more equine views)

River Dunes Boat House | June 2, 2024
At the entrance to River Dunes, a handsome boat house is home to two patient old-time skiffs. (click photo for more views)

Fishing with Captain Jennings Rose, May 2024 | June 1, 2024

How do you tie a Carolina Rig? We learn how, and talk fishing with Captain Jennings Rose.

Keth Bruno fishing for Speckled Trout | May 31, 2024

Keith Bruno, early Friday morning, out fishing for speckled trout.

Simpsons Clouds Over Oriental | May 30, 2024

If you were near Oriental’s harbor this morning and looked up… it was a “WOW” moment … Simpsons-like clouds over Oriental.

Canoe on the Creek | May 29, 2024

A Pathfinder canoe, trying to slip away. Lines hold it half on, half off a dock.

SV Noonday | May 28, 2024

Docked at Sea Harbour Yacht Club in Pierce Creek: S/V Noonday.

Mermaid Whirligig | May 27, 2024

A mermaid? A whirligig? A bit of both. Perched on a piling, on Pierce Creek.

Still Sunrise On The Neuse | May 25, 2024

The view from South Avenue… a still sunrise on the Neuse.

Full Moon @ Lou Mac Park Pier | May 24, 2024

Thursday night’s full moon, viewed from Lou Mac park.

Chat De La Mer - Seawind 24 Cat | May 23, 2024

SV Chat De Le Mar, a Seawind 24 Catamaran visiting the Oriental Marina docks. Seawind 24s were made in Australia, imported to the US in the 1980s. This trailer-sailor was visiting from Ohio.

Whittaker Creek Danger Shoal Sign | May 21, 2024

In Whittaker Creek Channel, this Danger Shoal sign has replaced the #3 Whittaker Creek Channel marker. Why? Here’s the story.

MV Deplorable | May 20, 2024

Mom always said honesty is the best policy. (click pic for more Deplorable views)

Tidy lines @ Whittaker Creek | May 18, 2024

Do they spool line counter-clockwise in Australia? Tidy lines grace a sailing vessel berthed at Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor.

Plein Air Palette | May 17, 2024
Oriental was semi-full of Plein Air painters Thursday. It’s not just plein air paintings that are beautiful – so are the artist palettes.

SV Princes Mia Shows Off Her Bowsprit | May 16, 2024

Sometimes size does matter. Showing off a not very modest bowsprit, visiting sailing vessel Princes Mia.

Cardinal Family | May 15, 2024

Cardinal parents and fledgling at Blackwell Point Road. (Cindy Belangia photo)

Plein Air Painters | May 14, 2024

The annual Plein Air Art Festival is based in New Bern, running May 12 – 19. Today and again on May 16, the festival and its painters are in Oriental. Artist Fen Rascoe was painting from the town dock.

Drone's Eye Sunset / Bridge & Greens Creek | May 12, 2024

A sunset view of the Oriental bridge & Greens Creek.

Happy Mom's Day | May 12, 2024

Happy Mom’s Day

Hanging Out On Marker 6 | May 11, 2024

Hanging out at Marker 6 on the Oriental channel.

Have Your White Goods Out By 7a Saturday | May 11, 2024

TownDock provides this subtle hint, that White Goods/Brown Goods need to be at the curb by sunrise Saturday. It’s Oriental’s annual Brown/White goods pickup. Have everything curbside by 7am.

Blackbeard Life Preserver | May 10, 2024

Life ring on trawler Blackbeard. The original Blackbeard may not have had one of these.

Flickas, SV QED | May 9, 2024
There’s been a green Flicka population explosion in Oriental lately. This morning, SV QED was tied up along the Hodges Street bulkhead. Monday, another green Flicka sat on a trailer at the Wildlife Ramp. (Click for views of both)

OUMC Community Garden Gets Started | May 8, 2024

Newly planted herbs in the raised garden beds of the OUMC Community Garden. One round of volunteers filled the beds, and another round planted the seedlings. It’s the first year of this Garden. (Click for the big view and more.)

Fen Roascoe, plein air artist | May 7, 2024

A harbor painting in the plein air style, by Fen Rascoe. Fen was out practicing for the NC Plein Air Arts Festival happening May 12 – 19. You’ll see more plein air artists out in Oriental all next week as they move through New Bern, Beaufort, and Oriental. (Click for the full view)

The Daniels Brothers - Connor & Chris | May 6, 2024

The Daniels Brothers (Connor & Chris, DNA not checked) of the Southern Hellcats, playing at Saturday night’s Ol’ Front Porch fundraiser.

Retro Table & Chairs | May 4, 2024

Beaming in from another era, an iconic table and chairs at Saturday’s Town Wide Yard Sale.

Yard Sale Fishing | May 4, 2024

Yard sale~ing is kinda like fishing. Patience. Perseverance. Waking up early helps. Found among the stuff @ OUMC, magnetic fishing.

Hat on the transom of Spartina | May 3, 2024

Steve Earley’s sun hat hanging on the transom of a visiting sailing vessel Spartina. Steve and Spartina try to visit Oriental every spring. They were featured in The Shipping News in 2020. (Click for the big view and more.)

SV Feather Tanbark Mainsail | May 2, 2024

Furled tanbark mainsail of visiting sailing vessel Feather. Feather is a 23’ Stone Horse.

Shipwright's Mallet | May 1, 2024

In downtown Oriental, a traditional shipwright’s mallet waits for its next mission.

Joe Brown Gospel BBQ | April 30, 2024

Joe Brown serves up Gospel at Saturday’s Gospel, Blues & BBQ at The Silos.

April Sunrise Pecan Grove Channel | April 29, 2024

Fishing at sunrise near the Pecan Grove Marina channel. (Peter Berndt photo)

Bruce Anchor @ Pierce Creek | April 27, 2024

Is it an anchor, or is it art? A Bruce anchor rests on a dock off Pierce Creek.

Joe Brown & The Band | April 26, 2024

Joe Brown & The Band. They’re headlining the Gospel, Blues & Rockin’ BBQ Saturday. They’ve visited Oriental before: here’s Joe from Silospalooza 2019. (Click for the big view and more.)

SV Mama Bear | April 25, 2024
SV Mama Bear is 1978 Tayana 37. She’s the fourth vessel Edwin Mustra has restored in the last 20 years. He’s mid restoration and says there’s more to be done. Ed and Mama Bear docked overnight at Oriental Harbor Marina while heading north to New Jersey. (Click for the big picture and more of Mama Bear.)

MV Kailary | April 24, 2024
MV Kailary. She’s a home-built steel tug hailing from Port Dover, Ontario (on Lake Erie). 50 ft long, 18 wide, and draws 5 feet. She was built by owner Dave Scruton, and is powered by a single Caterpillar diesel engine. The smoke stack, unlike many recreational tugs, isn’t just decoration. It actually is a smoke stack. The engine has a closed internal cooling system. (Click for the big view and more of Kailary)

SV Duchess | April 23, 2024
SV Duchess at dock. Her roller furling snapped on Monday, and her crew brought her in to Oriental for repairs. Luckily, owner John Petersen has a flexible schedule. The dutch built, steel-hulled Puffin 42 hails from Portsmouth, NH. (Click for the big view and more of Duchess)