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Go one way on Wrightsville Beach, you’ll see the famous Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier, near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Go the other way to the classic downtown and points south, including the Coast Guard station and the site of the late, great Lumina Pavilion. Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island is Ray McAllister’s homage to a special place, a book that captures not only Wrightsville’s history but its heart. Along the way, he shares stories of fire and hurricanes and beach trolleys and Big Bands. … 2nd Edition hardcover signed by the Author. Now also in paperback.
Ocracoke Island, beautiful and serene, is a vacation paradise. Yet … treacherous storms, pirates and German U-boats have made lives precarious. And it was at Ocracoke that the ruthless Blackbeard met his end in a ferocious battle. But the island is also home to the iconic 1823 lighthouse that is a photographer’s favorite, and ferries full of visitors and throngs of bicycle riders, a legendary herd of once-wild ponies and miles of nationally honored beaches, the charmingly unpaved Howard Street and the poignantly serene British Cemetery. Ray McAllister explores them all, then goes further in search of the soul of Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks. 2nd Edition hardcover and paperback. Signed by the Author.
Ray McAllister’s award-winning Hatteras Island is in an expanded 2nd edition, hardcover or paperback, signed by the author – a perfect gift or memento. Includes the fascinating stories of: The Lighthouse * The Life-Saving Crews * The Pirates * The Lost Colony * The Ghostship *The National Seashore * The Hurricanes * The Shipwrecks * The U-Boats * The Historic Radio Transmissions * The Airpower Display * The Titanic’s Distress Call * The Fishermen * The Villages * The Piers * The Watersports * The Vacationers * Highway 12 * The Hatteras Life * * * New in the 2nd Edition, with a foreword by Philip Gerard, the stories of: The New Symbol of The Outer Banks * The Rising Seas * Hurricanes Matthew and Florence * The New Bridges * The Boat Wrecks * The Titanic Cable Discovery * The Tourists * Shelly Island * The Future of Hatteras

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