Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 97
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 97

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
Page 97
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\\ hairs may IH* jiont- hut it look alt-am ...; of men tu land this 449 INXIIU! hluemurlin sbuthruMt uf Naps Head June 13. 'Robert Runner . of Joseph Mills, Tyler (bounty, and Paul :, .Snider of Friendly, Tyler (bounty, helped O36S reel in the hip '\ V) \iltillfisli, which took .MSfour hours to l»oat. »«»*«»****··»**·***·»* * Harmony House · Oceon Ftonl S«ond Row i Blocks Irom · l.on 6 Slocli Ifom Roller Conner 1 Amu(en*nl · Ol... Boo-'- E«'t ' ' 3 **°°"- A " · Fhont 101-441-3464 · · 303 N. Oc««n ilvrf. · MHrUIIACH.S.C.I9S7 i4****»***»********»«* Ocean Front miLiftirrsiiit 17(i:iS. Oi-i'iin Blvd. MYKTI.KI5KArH.S.('.:»i:.77 1'hone 80;V'448-(.H()4 . OPKN ALL.YKAK: -- n '"'PAMILY RATES · |{uiinis»^ Kimiii Apts. r "i',V.ilu-icncifs»CabU''l'V . £ Heat ·Heattd Poolt idiii" Kiddie I'nol : 3R. A. "Owners and Managers OCEANFRONT "IN THE HEART ORMYRTLEBEACH 1 ' · ;;:- TllephOni 103-448-8327 : ; · . ' " ^ ' . . : _ . _ _ ; __.^. _.._._-. ROOMS EFFICIENCIES GOLF SPECIAL · · ' v ' - ;;;?S V"^ finite Balconies inmost units. Refrigerators in roost rooms. Coble Color TV. Heater Pool Kiddie p ° o1 8 Golf c ° u "" phones in most s%fec».ttocowi»ctcifs..'" FOR FREE INFORMATION SEND COUPON BELOW! 1702 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577 CG 51 EFFKKIKIES ADDRESS. CITY: :.. ******+***?**** ^ ·* ..... Ocewfrwrt . *. SAND SURF MOTEL J 304N.Ow«IM. Vanished Whalers Rttii-Effic.-Ciblt TV-Air CM*.- L! I " .STATE.;. itiirZ^A t joriJ A Hotel on the Oceon Front serving Families since 1931-- * --Cbnvenierrtfy focafed within easy walking distance of ma/or shopping center, pavilion and amusement areas. UBMHiWMMIHiBiBiBIBI Ask about our Golf Package offering breakfast, room and play at 10 Championship Courses induding Famous Dunes. Tennis, too, is available. For adcfrfonal information just tat Driftwood on the Ocean 803-448-7 · 58 Driftwood ontht Oc*an ftox2?5CG F 6th Avenue North 29577 AMrea. . I I By Bob Simpson MOREHEAD CITY - An era has ended, faded into oblivion, as do all things, and we were on the site of the last of it. We were within sight of Shackleford Banks, an uninhabited island lying off the Carolina coast, seven miles long and about % mile wide, separating Cape Lookout from Beaufort Inlet. The beach had a tawny, bleached look accented by dark windows that lined the water's edge. Behind were sand bluffs, covered by the deep green of dense forest, contrasting strongly with the cloud-studded sky. We were idling along in deep water a hundred feet or so offshore, looking for a likely, unoccupied site to set up our picnic, when the first stench of rotting fish hit us. But the stench of dead fish was nothing new, for this was the home of the last of the Carolina whalers. Earlier this month the last participant in this industry, Capt. Stacy Guthrie, was laid to rest, and the shifting sands of time as well as beaches have all but removed the final, visible traces of those' days when the island was as alive as the young and vigorous Stacy. . . After some searching, we found a section of beach somewhat clear of the windrows of rotting fish and led the armada ashore. We were guests of the Crow's Nest Marina, on an outing of 15 or 20 out-board boats and crews, playing follow-the- leader through the shoals. Few people really know the Outer Banks, those lonely islands separating sound from sea. The islands are low and often storm-swept, merely ribbons of shifting sands dotted here arid there with" grass or tree-covered hummqcks; Here the '· wind ' whistles^and sings, and only theKbeacji flea could hear the leaves of grass; squeak across the saniLThe thunder of pounding surf echoes across the lonely flats. The screams of terns and gulls are lost in the everlasting roar in turbulent times, and even in the gentlest of the-ocean's moods, the hissing and coughing of the sea rolling ashore and retreating muffles all else. Small, deep maritime forests of oak and juniper and myrtle are scattered along the inshore side of the Banks. Branches are carved by salt winds into low, dense growth. Occasional swamps merging sith sound-side .marshes are the home of the mosquito and yellow fly, gnat and other blood-sucking pests that, on quiet days and nights come alive, making the islands fairly sing. The deep woods are heavily infested with ticks and chiggers, as many a pick- nicker has discovered. Untamed horses and cattle still ranging the Banks often have been forced to seek neck-deep shelter in the soothing salt of the sounds to escape the insects, yet there are few places of comparable beauty. Mountains of shifting white sands are gradually encroaching on the forests, a wall of sand burying the trees entirely. Other places storm and wind have uncovered ghost forests buried in the distant past. Wind washes where hollows are stripped naked, leaving layers of broken shells to' clatter underfoot. Wandering through the brush, where heavy overgrazing by sheep and goats has stripped the trees of lower limbs, we came upon an old cemetery in ruin, half- buried in the brush. Fallen gravestones marked where earlier seafarers had been laid to rest. Memories came to mind of an old friend Buddy, whose whaling stories made the past live: "We'd spotted this whale blowin' and launched the boat. Daddy, he come a-run- nin' with the whaling gun and jumped aooard. While ' we made our way to the whale -- a big 'un he was -Daddy tied a line to the gun and secured t'other end to thegun'l. Then Daddy directed us alongside and let fly. , "We pulled the harpoon gun back aboard and then looked for Daddy, biit he come up alongside and we pulled him/back aboard, too. That was a big time then. Alt the fun was in the whaling, but after we~got it towed : back to the beach the work begun. "Took sometimes a week to cook a big'un down, and Lord ha' mercy, did i t . stink!" : . . . , ' .-' - ^ I stood on a small dune by the graveyard, the smell of rotting fish filling the air. Thousands upon thousands of dead, decaying manhaden lined the entire inshore beaches for nearly the seven miles. I wondered what Buddy and Capt. Stacy would think of that. Then I looked at the picknickers under the twisted trees picking up the untold bushels of garbage left by other picnickers and wondered also if Buddy and Capt. Stacy would recopize the new breed. Recently a new bill -- H.R. 14843 -- was introduced into. Congress, as an amendment to the act of March 10, 1966, that provided for the establishment of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Among other provisions it outlines new boundaries to eliminate the requirements that the State of North Carolina must first acquire all land before Cape Lookout Seashore can be established. I suspect that would please the old. whalers. ' fpIERMEW MOTE I 204N.OceMMii · MYIHEBE«CM,$.C.nS77 5 OcuiFrMrt · Rooms and Apts. accommodate 2 to 6 persons. Cable · TV. AirCond. Elec. Heat. Pri- Jvate Patio on beach. Near | Amusements. · MRS. ERA DONKLE, Owner I Phone (803) 448-6941 · Oi rh»okiNg tirrw (i:\% \n:n 100 Soulh Oceon Blvd. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. 29577 Phone 803/448-381 2 100 Ft. from Ocean · Air Cond.l 16. Heot · Heated Pool.* Cable [ Color TV · Wall to Wall Carpet iNeat Amusements, Pier, Restaurants \ Churchs, Shopping Centers and GorU kCourses. LOW FAMILY RATES. MR. MRS. N.A. LEWIS Owners and Managers F OVOCKAVrKOM I . Very Reai«noMe lotci for Budget Minded Peoplt. (iiiiu'iiiriillii All Vimlh Rooms Eftic. Private Oceon Front Balconies. Cable TV. Air Cond. 4 Heat. Block irom Amuse Center and Pavilion.'Heated Pool. ERNKl SUE HUNTER, MGRS., . Spring Rates Until May 24 Phone 803/448-7239 1001. No. Ocean Blvd. \HRTI1 WAI H.S.(.2»:i77 14 , BEVERLY For your convtnitnc* CE* TRAIL Y I.Of ATKD Unusually nice. Heated Pool and X.d die Pool. Cable TV. ." .' UAIRrO\OITIO\i:D HKATKDI.MT.S ROOMS, I AZBRDROOM I:FF. APARTMKYF.S ; -Motel and off street parking. Acroti street from Ltt-vn.Avnc Pork and walk to these: '4 Block South of Pavilion and Amusement area. Cat eteria and Bingo. Within 2 Blocks of Downtown Myrtle Beach. 1 Stop Shopping Center, 11 Restaurants, 3 Arcades. 10 Gift Shops, Lounges. Fishing Pier. Laundromat, Carpet Golf 4 3 Theatres. 3 Blocks of Bus Station and 3 Churches For nformation write or cad: HI \ I K I V MOTH 703«.0t«mlrfd. Myrtle Beach. S.C. 29577 ·U0« 803 448,5231

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