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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)

Sailpack 2024 Starting Line | April 22, 2024

FJs crossing the starting line in close quarters. From Saturday’s SailPack Oriental Intercollegiate Regatta.


Carolina Howdy | April 21, 2024

There are 18 collegiate teams sailing in this weekend’s Sailpack Regatta. They may be in 18th after Saturday’s races, but Carolina does have an above average sail-by howdy.


Sailpack Kicks Off Today | April 20, 2024

Sailpack Regatta 2024 kicks off Saturday. Oriental’s population goes up by a couple hundred as 18 college sailing teams descend on town and sail on the Neuse. More about the weekend here.


SV Irene Theresa | April 19, 2024
SV Irene Theresa docked at Oriental Marina & Inn Friday morning. (Click for the big view and more)

Greens Creek Osprey | April 18, 2024

Osprey and nest on marker #2 in Greens Creek. This fish-eating bird of prey is not a big fan of photographers. (Ben Casey photo. Click for the big view and more.)

Trawler Kedge | April 17, 2024
Trawler Kedge at the free dock. Hailing port St. Louis, MO. Kedge comes with her own watch cat, keeping an eye on visitors. (Click for the big view, the cat, and more.)

Coast Guard Auxiliary | April 16, 2024

Damsel in distress, seen at the Coast Guard Auxiliary booth at the Boat Show. (Click for the big picture and the full Coastie view.)


Remove Shoes Before Boarding | April 15, 2024

Many TownDock readers should attend the boat show accompanied by an adult.


Sunday Boat Show | April 14, 2024

What’s a boat show without a few fish? Critter Creek Artistry brought theirs and are set up on the lawn of Oriental Marina & Inn. The Oriental In-Water Boat Show continues today from 10a – 3p.


Line & A Prop at the 2024 Boat Show | April 12, 2024

Seeing a propeller at the boat show isn’t that unusual, except this prop (mixed among a lot of line) is an airplane propeller. It could look good on your wall. The 2024 Oriental Boat Show is underway…


Boat Bits at the Boat Show | April 11, 2024

From the 2023 Oriental In-Water Boat Show – shiny boat bits. These and other seafaring items – books, blocks, running lights, etc. – are for sale at this weekend’s In-Water Boat Show. The town free docks are already closed for vendors. Hodges Street will close to vehicle traffic Thursday at 5p.


2024 In-Water Boat Show is coming | April 10, 2024

Scenes from the 2023 Oriental In-Water Boat Show: Hodges Street lined with trailerable boats. It’s getting ready to look that way again this weekend, Friday, April 12 to Sunday April 14. (Click for the big picture and more)


Tank and Eclipse Shades | April 9, 2024

At Dolphin Point, Tank Rahm took in Monday’s eclipse.


Pathfinder II Sailboat Fire | April 8, 2024
SV Pathfinder II on jack stands at Zimmerman’s. The Hunter 42 caught fire around 10:30a Sunday morning while docked at the SailCraft Marina docks (a different business than Sailcraft Services boatyard). No injuries were reported. The owner – John Bee and his black lab Jack – are liveaboards. (Click for the big picture and more)

Fender Squeeze | April 6, 2024

Caught between a piling and a vessel – where a fender (or three) belongs.