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Rain Ahead | July 12, 2024

The drought finally breaks: Just under a half inch of rain fell on Oriental Thursday. For the weekend, 3-4 inches of rain forecast.


Broad Street Tobacco Barn | July 11, 2024

On Broad Street, an old tobacco barn decorated for Independence Day.


Pecan Grove Frog | July 10, 2024

A smiling, weather-worn frog stands watch on a Pecan Grove finger pier. (Click for the full view.)


Days Like This Dinghy | July 9, 2024

Seen at dock in Pecan Grove. Days like this, indeed.


Croakerfest Parade Kids | July 8, 2024

Still thinking about Saturday’s Croaker Festival Parade? See it again, here.


Sudan Shriners Motor Patrol | July 8, 2024

Riders of the Sudan Shriners Motor Patrol. More pictures from Saturday’s parade are coming.


Croakerfest Fireworks, Camp Creek View | July 7, 2024

Croaker Festival fireworks, the Camp Creek view.


Mini Miss Minnow Contestants Await | July 5, 2024

Pressure before the pagent: Mini Miss Minnows wait backstage.


Soundboard Setup at Croakerfest | July 5, 2024

Soundboard setup at the Croaker Festival main stage. Vendors are setting up in Lou Mac Park and along the riverfront on South Avenue. The road closes – to all but walking traffic – at noon today.


Liberty Bell Skeletons | July 4, 2024

At the corner of Church and Broad Streets – an Independence Day scene. Complete with forefathers, Liberty Bell, and the Declaration of Independence. (Click for the full view.)

SV Liberty in Pierce Creek | July 3, 2024

Seen at dock in Pierce Creek. And a gentle reminder that there’s still time to sign up for Saturday’s Croaker Festival Parade, celebrating Independence Day. Register online here or give Parade Master Paul Fairbank a call at 252-249-1211.


Sod on the foredeck - MV Matinee | July 2, 2024
Spotted on the foredeck of a visiting vessel – actual sod. The humans of MV Matinee were not aboard when TownDock crew wandered by, but we don’t think this was a putting green. It was to convince Rover to go, underway. (click pic for more MV Matinee views)

Sailboats and Sunrise - Marker 8 | June 30, 2024

A gull, sailboats, and sunrise. Marker 8 at Oriental’s Harbor Channel.


Foredeck Swimming Pool | June 28, 2024

Spotted at Oriental Harbor Marina, a way to cope with the heat: a foredeck swimming pool. (John Rahm photo)


Wine Bar / Bakery in Progress | June 27, 2024

A building in progress on the corner of Hodges and Broad Streets. The lot was once occupied by the Oriental Steamer – a hardware store turned restaurant turned pool hall. The new building, raised up out of flood waters, will house a wine bar and bakery.


Bumble Bee, Pink Flower | June 25, 2024

Lotta bees out and about in the morning. This one was flying around the Bee Balm on Church Street. (Marcia Ostendorff photo)


Southern Hellcats at Silospalooza 2024 | June 24, 2024

Southern Hellcats on the Red Rooster stage, playing out Silospalooza 2024. The annual event is held behind the Silos restaurant on Highway 55, and put on by Silos co-owners Chris and Kim Daniels. (Click for the big pic and more from Saturday’s event.)

Sunrise at Sea Harbour | June 22, 2024

Sunrise at Sea Harbour Yacht Club.


Fish Shed on Pierce Creek | June 21, 2024

Spotted on Pierce Creek: a fish out of water. (Click for the full view)


Rigging & Pilings | June 20, 2024

Fishing trawlers Capt. Jeff and Shadowfax at the Garland Fulcher docks.


Cruising MVs at Oriental Harbor Marina | June 19, 2024
Motor vessels filled the slips at Oriental harbor Marina this morning: a cruising group traveling to Ocracoke. (Click for the big view and more MV views.)

Garland Fulcher Dock Cat | June 18, 2024

A cat looks out from the Garland Fulcher Seafood docks.


Late May Sunrise 2024 | June 17, 2024

Sunrise over Whittaker Point, early June.


Pierce Creek Chairs at the Ready | June 15, 2024

Seen on Pierce Creek: two chairs ready for relaxing.


Fuel Dock Dinghy | June 14, 2024

At dock, a dinghy using an alternate fuel source. (Click for the big view and more.)


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.