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Old 08-08-2020, 02:57 PM
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Default Jetty on the West end of Shackleford Banks

What's the story, first year I remember seeing it ?

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West end of Shack...hmmm I've never seen it either...maybe exposed by Isaias?
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Been under sand for a hundred and fifty years
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I thought it was depression era WPA project. Whenever it was, this is where the inlet used to be. My theory is that this is where the inlet was pre-Bardens Inlet. When Bardens washed out less water flowed thru Beaufort Inlet and it started narrowing up. When Ophelia Inlet blew out, less water started flowing thru Bardens thereby choking Bardens off causing more pressure on Beaufort and widening the inlet to its former size pre-Bardens. In the early 80s my family had a camp on Shackleford and I spent every summer there. I can remember riding my 3 wheeler on top of those rocks deep in the dunes, no where near any water
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Read somewhere that jetty was done in the late 1800’s. From some articles I’ve read shack had basically been growing towards Beaufort inlet for many many years until it got so close to the deepened inlet that it all collapsed from there being to sharp of a slope. Ever since then it’s been retreating.
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Neither Beaufort nor Morehead City experienced much growth as a port or trading center during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, the federal government began to play a role in the improvement of Beaufort Inlet in the early 1880s. At this time the controlling depth over the bar was found to be just over fifteen feet, but it was also found that “the harbor entrance was rapidly deteriorating; its width, measured from Fort Macon to Shackleford Point, having increased 500 feet between the years 1864 and 1880.” Moreover, the pace of the inlet’s deterioration was increasing alarmingly. During the year 1880 the width of the inlet increased 900 feet further. In an attempt to halt this rapid erosion, jetties were constructed into the inlet from both sides and sand fences were thrown up along the shore. In a period of five years, five jetties were constructed on Schackleford Point and another six on Fort Macon Point. By 1889 the erosion of Beaufort Inlet had been brought under control.

Note: I copied and pasted this from some history of the area I was reading.

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Undertaker, do you remember where you found this history. We have been going to Shack for only 20 years, would love to read what you were reading.
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Beaufort History
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Other interesting history there is a plaque on the inland end of the main Jetty at Fort Macon which declares when it was constructed and that is was constructed under the supervision of Robert E Lee...I remember seeing that plaque when I was a kid...circa 1978...haven't seen it since...

https://friendsoffortmacon.org/rober...e-fort-part-i/
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Originally Posted by jhendric View Post
Other interesting history there is a plaque on the inland end of the main Jetty at Fort Macon which declares when it was constructed and that is was constructed under the supervision of Robert E Lee...I remember seeing that plaque when I was a kid...circa 1978...haven't seen it since...

https://friendsoffortmacon.org/rober...e-fort-part-i/
We better tear up the jetty then if ole bobby lee had anything to do with it...
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Originally Posted by jhendric View Post
Other interesting history there is a plaque on the inland end of the main Jetty at Fort Macon which declares when it was constructed and that is was constructed under the supervision of Robert E Lee...I remember seeing that plaque when I was a kid...circa 1978...haven't seen it since...

https://friendsoffortmacon.org/rober...e-fort-part-i/
I remember taking a picture of the plaque a long time ago but I can't find it.
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Don’t say that out loud. If the media gets word they will want to remove the jetty and the plaque. That is so cool.
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Undertaker,

Thanks for posting that link. That’s some fascinating reading! Interesting how names of places have changed over time but based on the old descriptions the places are still the same. The writing about Blackbeard differs from some of the local lore and makes that era all the more interesting.
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Ken T, it's been visible for a couple years now since the inlet opened back up. However, it hasn't been out as much as your pic shows. Of course that may have been at dead low tide too.
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I call BS on that photo being of Shackleford Banks. I don't know of any houses you can see from the west end of Shackleford!
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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
I call BS on that photo being of Shackleford Banks. I don't know of any houses you can see from the west end of Shackleford!
I believe, the picture is taken from the ocean side of Shack, that's Beaufort in the background.
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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
I call BS on that photo being of Shackleford Banks. I don't know of any houses you can see from the west end of Shackleford!
I don't believe you have ever came in Beaufort inlet,
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I just sailed by that yesterday evening, it's there.
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I think you can see it pretty clearly in this Google Earth screenshot.


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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
I call BS on that photo being of Shackleford Banks. I don't know of any houses you can see from the west end of Shackleford!

That's absolutely Shack, those houses are on Front St in Beaufort.
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