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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.

Melinda's Memorial Is Today | April 6, 2024

Melinda Penkava-Smith, 1959-2023. Melinda’s memorial is Saturday, 11a at Lou Mac Park.

Mithril at the Dock | April 5, 2024

SV Mithril at the town dock. She’s a long way from her home port of Duluth, MN. (Click for the big view and more.)

Diana Solie Paintings | April 4, 2024

Walk in to M&M’s in April and you’ll see new artwork decorating the walls. The oil paintings are by Diana Solie, a part-time resident splitting her time between Oriental and Alaska. If you take a fancy to the work on the walls, you can buy it right there at M&Ms. Click for the big view and to see more of Diana’s work.)

Whittaker Point Sunrise April 2024 | April 3, 2024

Whittaker Point sunrise, as seen from South Avenue. (Marcia Ostendorff photo)

Josie Delivers | April 2, 2024

Josie will not be kept from her appointed rounds. Josie was one of 57 dogs Saturday at the PAWS Pet Parade.

Tug Sequoyah | April 1, 2024

Visiting the Oriental Marina Inn docks, Tug Sequoyah, hailing port Essex CT. (click pic for more views)

Pet Parade Best Costume 2024 | March 30, 2024

Winner of the 2024 PAWS Pet Parade Best Costume Award – Lillie – in costume as a Chinese New Year Dragon. Lillie’s human is Jean Jeannero.

The Pet Parade Is Today | March 30, 2024

Will today’s Pet Parade have dogs dressed in an Easter theme? From a 2022 file photo, Skipper, Squirt, and Daisy came as the Easter basket trio. The 2024 PAWS Pet Parade is today @ Lou Mac Park. Register your dog (or other parade ready pet) from 10a-11a, the parade starts around 11a.

Shiba Inu Brody | March 29, 2024

Sitting outside the Inn at Oriental, a small statue of a Shiba Inu. That’s a Japanese dog breed. This statue honors one of the Inn’s newest residents – Brody. (Click for the big view, and scroll to see Brody with the Inn’s new owners.)

Town Dock work underway | March 28, 2024

The Thursday morning wet town dock view. Wednesday a lot of work was completed – new pilings were put in, and much of the deck replaced.

Town Dock Repairs 2024 | March 27, 2024

Cahoon Construction began repairs on the town’s free docks Monday. Wednesday morning, they were at work on the town dock on Hodges Street. Worm damage to the pilings prompted the repairs. (Click for the big view and more)

Dock 2 Repairs Underway | March 26, 2024

Cahoon Construction began repairs on the town’s free docks Monday. They’ll start again Tuesday with the dock closest to the Oriental Marina & Inn. It needs the least amount of work. When that’s done, they’re moving to the town dock on Hodges Street.(Click for the big view and more)

Hodges, With Water | March 25, 2024

Harbor reflections on Hodges Street. The sun is out and the weekend’s high waters have begun slowly receding.

HarborCam Stills | March 25, 2024 Archie in the Window | March 23, 2024

Archie looking for his human, Don Hesselman, Saturday morning at The Bean.

Outriggers on Blackbeard | March 22, 2024

Fishing Trawlers docked at Garland Fulcher Seafood. Take a closer look and you’ll see that outrigger belongs to the second vessel in line: trawler Blackbeard.

Pileated Woodpecker | March 21, 2024

A Plieated Woodpecker hunts for a meal. Near the corner of Neuse and Factory Streets. (Click for the full view)

Embry Riddle Spring Break Sailing | March 20, 2024

Embry Riddle sailor adjusts the boom on a downwind run. Five collegiate sailing teams took part in the annual Spring Break training and weekend regatta on the waters off Oriental.

UNC Spring Break Sailing | March 20, 2024

University of North Carolina on the Neuse last Saturday. UNC was one of several collegiate sailing teams that took part in the annual Spring Break training and weekend regatta.

Beginning of a Burn | March 19, 2024

A Dragon half caught up in flames. The view after sunset at Saturday’s 2024 Dragon Burn.

Chowder Tasting | March 18, 2024

Attacking chowder from both directions. Saturday’s Chowder CookOff had nine chowders, and three first place winners: Gary’s DownEast Seafood (Best Restaurant Chowder), The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office (Best Home Chef Chowder), and the Pamlico Christian Academy Mariners (Best Aspiring Student Chefs).

Dragon Burn 2024 & Station 19 Chief Eric | March 16, 2024
Somehow, this is normal headgear in Oriental. Fire Chief Eric Kindle & Bob Wiegand at the Dragon Burn Saturday night. (click pic for more views)

FJ Fleet Ready | March 16, 2024

These FJ sailboats (Flying Junior) are rigged and ready for Saturday’s collegiate regatta on the Neuse off Oriental. FJs are 13’ 3” long, 4’11” beam and carry 100 sq ft of sail with a crew of two. Hosted by Bow To Stern, six colleges will race today.

The Dragon Burns | March 15, 2024

What happens at The Dragon Burn? OK. You guessed it. Pamlico Arts 2024 Dragon Burn is Saturday night. Gates open at 5p. Be there 7-9p and you’ll see the good stuff. Tickets online, here.

OWC Chowder Cookoff | March 14, 2024

Chowdah. They serve it at the Oriental Woman’s Club Chowder Cookoff. It’s Saturday 11a-1p at Oriental Marina and Inn. Tickets at the door.

Beaufort Fisherman | March 13, 2024

On the Beaufort waterfront: A concrete seaman can handle a stiff breeze. (click pic for more crusty views)

Daffodil Smile | March 12, 2024

It’s a smiling daffodil, on South Water Street. Smiling that Spring is just seven days away. (Click for more.)

Wes Barbour | March 10, 2024

He’s not old enough to drive, but he probably knows more about boats than you do. Meet Wes Barbour in The Shipping News.

Standing Water, Factory Street | March 9, 2024

After Friday’s rains, reflections on Factory Street.

Wes Barbour, 12 year old Sailor | March 8, 2024

This is Wes Barbour. He likes to talk about boats. He restores boats. He is 12 years old. Wesley’s story is coming in the Shipping News.

Street Crab | March 7, 2024

Crabby? Just look at this crab (spotted on maneuvers on Factory St).

HarborCam | March 6, 2024