Ephraim Williams presentation by Keeper James set for Hatteras Library

Published 10:40 am Saturday, March 4, 2023

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By James D. “Keeper James” Charlet

Keeper James will be presenting the Ephraim Williams saga at the Dare County Hatteras Library on Tuesday, March 7 beginning at 11 a.m. This is another in his series of presentations. The program will consist of excerpts of readings directly from his book, Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Globe Pequot Press with his narratives connecting the readings.

Some dramatic highlights of the upcoming presentation are: the wrecking vessel covering hundreds of miles being completely out of control; the rescue attempts took three days; the rescue involved three different Outer Banks U.S. Life-Saving Service stations. Additionally, the rescuing surfman covered miles of stormy beaches going back and forth chasing the drifting wreck. This episode gave rise to some of the most famous Coast Guard mottos. The United States Life-Saving Service (1871-1915) was the direct predecessor of today’s Coast Guard.

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Keeper James will be in his new full-dress keeper’s uniform provided in part by a grant from Dare Arts of the Outer Banks.

The program will end at noon, with time for Q&A and photo ops are welcomed. Everyone interested in Hatteras Island history and the United States Coast Guard are encouraged to attend.

“Miz Linda,” Keeper James’ wife, also in correct period attire, will be selling copies of James’ book that he will sign and personalize. In addition, special custom mini-book marks with the place and date will accompany each sale at no charge. The book is being well-sold internationally, but it started right here on Hatteras Island.

Registration is required to attend this free programming event as in-person space is limited. Go to bit.ly/3mmXMyq or, for assistance, contact the Hatteras Library, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 252-986-2385.

For more information, go to KeeperJames.com/programs.