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10 Rebecca’s Corner: Independence Day The July 4th holiday of Independence Day is about

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14 A Moment of Reflection: God Is Looking for a House Pastor Paul Ortiz of the Island Church in Emerald Isle, reminds us not to lose sight of the big picture: spending time with and maintaining a relationship with God.

15 Microgreens: What Are They And How Do I Get Some? Learn a little bit about microgreens, rich in flavor and especially rich in nutrients—with sometimes more than 40 times the nutrient levels of the mature plants.

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosts garden workdays at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at EarthWise Farm in Ocean. The farm is located next to Bogue Sound in Carteret County. People of all ages join us at our weekly farm workdays to work the soil, plant and weed. We harvest a wide variety of vegetables and melons, including squash, okra, tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes and peppers. The harvest is divided among the group. EarthWise Farm is only open to members of the federation. For more information about memberships or to join, visit www.nccoast.org. To learn more about participating in garden workdays, contact Cindy Miller at cpmbwmiller@ gmail.com. At 385 J. Bell Lane, Newport. JULY 10, 17, 24, 31

Storytelling Festival

We are so pleased to offer you the line-up for our 16th annual Storytelling Festival. We will again have performances on four Wednesday mornings in July at 10 a.m. at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, and also four afternoon shows at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Methodist Church, corner of Bogue Loop Road and Route 24 in Bogue. For more information call 252-2474660. Our list of excellent performers is: Donna Tillman from Greenville, SC Donna seeks to thrill audiences with her dynamic style and share the love of stories and literature with audiences across the globe. (7/10) Jess Willis from Florence, SC A storyteller at heart, she loves to tell anything from Folk and Fractured Fairy Tales to family stories and personal foibles. She believes no matter our age, we all need stories. (7/17) Science Tellers from Hillsborough, NJ Science and storytelling were accidentally mixed. Storytelling and exciting science experiments come together in an unprecedented theatrical experience. (7/24) No Sleeves Magic from Wilmington, NC Voted best family entertainer 8 years in a row by the Wilmington Parent Magazine, Michael Rosander and his group inspire children, not only in magic and theater but also in life. (7/31) JULY 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31-AUG 1 & 7-8

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Roll out your sleeping bag by the Living Shipwreck as sharks, eels and fishes swim just inches away. Snacks, pizza dinner, breakfast, programs and Aquarium tour are included. Cost is $50. At 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores. For information call 252-247-4003. JULY 10

Preschool Storytime and Crafts [ 9–10AM ] Spaces are still available for the

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related craft. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758. Location: The North Carolina Maritime Museum, located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort.

JULY 10, 17, 24, 31 | AUGUST 7

Summer Movies in AB

[ 8:30–10:30PM ] Enjoy your favorite blockbuster

hits on our giant inflatable movie screen! New for 2019, we have moved our summer movies from the Circle to the Atlantic Beach Town Park located at 915 West Fort Macon Road. The park offers ample parking, restrooms and snacks available for purchase at our concession stand! Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain date is Thursday night. July 10........................................................The Lego Movie 2 July 17......................................................... Christopher Robin July 24................................................................. Incredibles 2 July 31.....................The Nutcracker and the Four Realms August 7.................................... How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World JULY 11, 25 | AUGUST 8

Fishing Fanatics at the Aquarium

Learn to catch the big ones from the surf with hands-on instruction. Equipment, bait and licensing requirements are covered. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $25. At 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores. For information call 252-247-4003.

JULY 11, 17, 25, 31 | AUGUST 8

Junior Ranger Day

[ 1–4:30PM ] Sign your kids up to work with a

Park Ranger at Fort Macon to earn their Junior Ranger Patch. This event is for children age 6 to 12 who must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; call the park office in advance to register. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach Contact: 252-726-3775.

JULY 11, 18, 25 | AUGUST 1

Live On Thursdays (LOTs) Summer Concert Series [ 6–8PM ] Grab a lawn chair and head to

Dockhouse Park in Beaufort for free, family friendly fun. Location: 500 Front St, Beaufort July 11......................................................... Red & the Rockers July 18........................................................ Phantom Playboys July 25....................................................................... Blind Hog August 1........................................................... Damn Yankees

JULY 11, 18, 25, 25 | AUGUST 1, 8

EmeraldFest Outdoor Concerts [ 6:30–8PM ] The Town’s popular EmeraldFest

outdoor concert series is back again this summer, with concerts every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the oceanfront at the Western Ocean Regional Access (located off Islander Drive). Please bring your friends, lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great music from several different genres! Western Ocean Regional Acces, Emerald Isle. Contact: 252-354-3424.


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Sounds Like Summer at the Park in Atlantic Beach

[ 7–9PM ] Join us on Thursdays this summer at the

Atlantic Beach Town Park for free live music! Plan to bring a pop-up chair or blanket. The concession stand will be open and selling fresh kettle corn, drinks, candy and ice cream! AB Town Park, West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252726-2121. July 11...................................................................... The Spread July 18.................................................Beaufort Blues Project July 25..................................................................Carolina Sky August 1.................................................................... Steel Shot JULY 11–12

Pirates!

[ 9AM–NOON ] Ten young pirates and their fearless

captain will work together to learn how pirates like Blackbeard lived, dressed, ate and worked. The crew will work together to set the rules of the ship, learn battle skills with wooden weapons and go on a pirate worthy hunt through the Maritime Museum to locate hidden treasure. Advance registration is required. The program is designed for students entering grades 1 and 2 and the fee is $65. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758. Location: The North Carolina Maritime Museum, located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort JULY 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 | AUGUST 2, 5, 9

Stand-up Paddleboarding for Kids at the Aquarium

[ 9–11AM ] Designed especially for youth, they

explore Bogue Sound on a stand up paddle board with an instructor to guide. During this adventure you will learn about the plants and animals that call the Roosevelt Natural Area their home. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration is required. Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores. Contact: 252247-4003.

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[ 10:30–11:30AM ] Take a stroll on the beach with

a Park Ranger to see what we can find. We’ll be hunting for everything from drift beans to sea glass and of course seashells. Sunscreen and water are recommended. Distance of the hike will depend on the weather and the group. Meet at the Bathhouse. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Call 252-726-3775.

JULY 12, 26 | AUGUST 2, 10

Summer Concerts In The Fort

[ 6:30PM ] All concerts are free although donations

are most welcomed. Doors open early for picnickers and all who want to take in the beautiful setting. Just in case it rains the concerts will be held inside the Visitor Center at the Fort. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Call 252-726-3775. July 12...............................................................Saltwater Gold July 26............................................................FAB—The Band August 2.................................................................Wild Honey August 10............... [1 p.m.] Morehead Brass Consortium

JULY 12

Golden Pirates Movie Series: Peter Pan

Showing at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Golden Pirates on the Silver Screen is a monthly movie series that continues through September at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The July feature is Peter Pan (1953), rated G. Guests are invited to bring their own food and/or beverages with limited refreshments available for purchase on site. Registration is not required and admission is free. For more information, call 252-504-7743. Location: The North Carolina Maritime Museum, located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort

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gymnasium at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. Popcorn and drink for $1. Location: 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle

Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758.

JULY 13

TESS: The Search for Earth 2.0 at Fort Macon [ 2–3PM ] Join us in the Visitor Center’s large

auditorium with special guest NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman and take a look at NASA’s explorations outside of our Solar System for possible habitable Exoplanets. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Call 252-726-3775.

JULY 13, 20, 27 | AUGUST 3, 10

Jaycee Park Summer Concert Series The Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a summer concert series from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront. The concerts are scheduled each Saturday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Jaycee Park in Morehead City. These performances are free and open to the public. Location: 807 Shepard Street, Morehead City. July 13........................................................ Jan Michael Fields July 20...........................................Donald Thompson Band July 27...........................................................................Freeway August 3................................................................Expressions August 10............................ Calico Creek Bluegrass band

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Beaufort Historic Association’s Summer Party [ 7–11PM ] Come celebrate Beaufort summers with

a fabulous summer party at the Beaufort Historic Site. Enjoy wonderful food by Scarborough Fare Catering, open bar, live music by the band Night Years, live auction and silent auction with the proceeds benefiting the Beaufort Historical Association. Admission fee. Location: 150 Turner Street, Beaufort Contact: 252-728-5225 JULY 15, 22, 29 | AUGUST 5

5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Registration and check in from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. All races start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the entire 7-run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt. Individual races $7 per person per race. For more details and to register and pay online, visit: ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252-808-3301. JULY 25

Pine Needle Basket Workshop at Beaufort Historic Association

Kids’ Night Out at The Aquarium

[ 6–10PM ] Drop your kids at the Aquarium for a

fun night filled with animal interactions while you enjoy a night out on the town. Snacks and pizza are included. Ages 4-12. $40 Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores Contact: 252-247-4003.

JULY 19

[ 10AM–2PM ] Join us for a pine-needle basket

workshop with instructor Sandy Malone. Bring your enthusiasm and a bag lunch. Space is limited to 10 so reserve your spot by emailing Denise Finley at bhaeducation@outlook.com Location: 130 Turner Street, Beaufort.

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showcases some of your favorite bands from June to October. Location: 807 Shepard Street, Morehead City Contact: 252-808-0440.

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Swanfest

[ 6:30–8PM ] The town’s popular EmeraldFest

outdoor concert series is back again this summer, with concerts Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Olde Towne Square in Historic Downtown Swansboro. Please bring your friends, lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great music from several different genres! July 21............................... Now and Then & Just Us Band July 28.................................. Reindl Brothers and 4EverAll August 4................................................. Mike Corrado Band JULY 23 | AUGUST 6

Carteret County Parks + Rec Beach Run Series

Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation Beach Run series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile,

Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic memorial longboard classic will be at the Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach. Please join us! Beach party Saturday night with The Green Room from 8 to 10 p.m. Take the shuttle bus from Crystal Coast Unity starting at 7:30 p.m. (there is minimal parking at O’ana) Location: 700 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-7259277. JULY 19

Crab Cake Cook-off Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at this museum fundraiser at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. The event also has a slaw taste-off. Space is limited at this ticketed event for the Friends of the N.C. Maritime Museum Members. For tickets or membership information, visit maritimefriends.org or call 252-728-1638. Location: The North Carolina Maritime Museum, located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort.

JULY 27

Boat-in-a-Day Course

[ 9:30AM–4:30PM ] Assemble a prepared kit for

a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for paddling during this hands-on course at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center in downtown Beaufort. The boat is 12' long, 32" wide and weighs about 40 pounds. Each boat will be completed to a watertight condition and ready to take home for paint or varnish. Teams are limited to a maximum of 4 persons, at least one of whom must be an adult. Fee: $600. Friends of the Museum members: $540. Minimum age is 8 years old. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 252-504-7758. AUGUST 2

Kayak the Salt Marsh

Learn about local history while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons are followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under 12. Cost is $35 ($20 with own kayak). PreRegistration required; register at 252-504-7758. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. AUGUST 8

Explore Rachel Carson Reserve [ 9–11:30AM ] Discover the various plants and

animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through the different habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under 12. Pre-registration is required. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort Contact: 252504-7758.

AUGUST 9

Astronomy at Fort Macon [ 9–10PM ] Come out to the Beach Access

(bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please. Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775. €

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ever have—insect-eating birds. These birds are of vital importance to our ecosystem and must be protected. Scientific research and resulting data show that the total biomass of wild birdconsumed insects amounts to between 400 and 500 million tons. Wow! On the average, individual birds consume more than 100 times their own body weight in bugs. That figure is amazing because it’s roughly equivalent to the weight of meat and fish consumed each year by humans. Many of our insect-eating bird species are declining or endangered due to habitat loss, widespread pesticide use, hunting, infrastructure mortality and predation by free-roaming cats. If we can not arrest the threats to these birds, the invaluable ecosystem services they provide will be lost forever. We need more near-natural forested areas for many songbird species, rather than tree plantations that only support a few species. It can be overwhelming to look at the global picture of this dilemma, but we each can do something where we are with what we have. Protect and value your backyard birds. The young songbird insectivores being raised at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter now, will be coming to help you soon and rid your yard of damaging and pesky bugs. Please, welcome and cheer on these little bug zappers! €

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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

PAUL ORTIZ

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find myself guilty of this mentality more often than not: It is so easy to get focused and stay on task (often the wrong task), that I lose sight of the big picture—that is, my time with God, my relationship with God. The most important part of my life is the time I spend with a holy God in the secret place of prayer and devotion to His word. It brings me the greatest solace in a world of chaos. To sit and bask in the Lord’s presence and find security that brings my heart and mind calm. In Haggai, Chapter 1, scripture speaks to me about the temple I am to be to God who longs to live in me through His Spirit. That may seem strange to some, but the God of the universe wants such connection with you; He desires to live within your heart. Jesus stated He must leave for the promised Counselor to come (John 15:5-15). What an appropriate description for the Spirit of God the third member of the Trinity. When we invite Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives to lead and guide us in every aspect. To help us to navigate through live in a way that reveals to those witnessing, Christ in us and to bring God the Father glory. Think of this passage as it refers to you specifically as the temple of the Lord. 2 This is what the lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.’” 3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” 5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” 7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountain and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. 9 You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. We get so caught up in the busyness of living a temporary life, we give no mind to forever. We focus a lot of this short physical time on earth on making a life, we seldom look at the spiritual which is forever. It’s easy when you can attain what can be seen, but the unseen is eternal. Procrastination is human nature. “Tomorrow,” or “One day I will,” are everyday phrases for us. But God is saying, “Today is the day!” Haggai 1 reveals why we are so unfulfilled, that while we have much, we are still found longing. We are focused on the wrong things. “Give careful though to your ways,” (HAGGAI 1:5). Our physical lives may look good from the outside, but our spiritual person is a ruin. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declare the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house,” (HAGGAI 1:9). Look inside your heart. Examine your temple. What condition is it in? Is God pleased? It’s easy to be like the world. To fit in and go along with the flow of this life. It takes intentionality and devotion to walk with the Lord daily. The Lord is looking for a house His spirit can come into and fix up. Make today the day you begin a whole-hearted devotion to the Lord. Make today the day you find fulfillment for this life and the next in and through the Lord. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake him, He will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 CHRONICLES 28:9B-10 €

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Q. CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT THE GROWING PROCESS? A. For sure, the process varies depending on the variety. I source all my seeds from a US based company that uses only the highest quality seeds which they obtain through around 10 farmers all USDA certified organic. I use an organic soilless mix as my medium to grow my microgreens to start with. After planting, I place the trays stacked about 4 to 5 high for approximately 3 days. After the germination process has taken hold, I pull the trays from the germination area and place them under lights specifically designed to grow microgreens. At this point I simply water with reverse osmosis water twice daily and allow them reach maturity which ranges from 7 days to 21 days depending on the variety.

Q. WHAT TYPE OF MICROGREENS DO YOU GROW? A. I can grow over 100 varieties so the best way to see all the different types is to simply visit True Leaf Markets website and any microgreen on there I can grow. Some of my most popular micros are sunflower, radish, cilantro, pea shoots, basil, chervil, leek, mustard, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and wheat grass to name a few. I also combine my own various mixes depending on customer needs.

Q. WHAT ARE SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF MICROGREENS A. This is a great question. The benefits are incredible in the fact that they are extremely nutrient rich. For example, assistant professor Qin Wang and graduate student Zhenlei Xiao with the College of AGNR’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) participated in the study, which looked at nutrients like Vitamin C, E, K and beta carotene found in 25 different types of microgreens including cilantro, celery, red cabbage, green basil and arugula. Their research ultimately discovered that the microgreens contained four to 40 times more nutrients than their mature counterparts. “We were really surprised,” Wang said of the findings, which were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. “Those nutrients are very important to us. Vitamin C is considered an antioxidant, as well as Vitamin E, so they’re very important for us to consume.”

Q. HOW ARE MICROGREENS USED A. Microgreens are used for a variety of different applications. As we know now, besides being one of the most nutritious foods available for consumption, fine dining chefs use microgreens to enhance the attractiveness and taste of their dishes with their delicate textures and distinctive flavors. Smaller than “baby greens,” and harvested later than sprouts, microgreens can provide a variety of leaf flavors, such as sweet and spicy. This appeals to everyone right?

Q. HOW WOULD CAN WE FIND YOUR PRODUCTS? A. I am very fortunate in that as soon as I started getting my microgreens to local restaurants and earning a few spots at the local farmers market, Local Leaves Neighborhood Microfarm produce can be found at The Village Market in Emerald Isle, Cedar Point Organic Market, Winberry Farms and Salty Air Market in Cedar Point. If you want to come purchase directly from me, customers are always welcome to just come to my farm and purchase directly. Restaurants that serve my produce are Circa 81, The Village Market, Jackie’s American Grille and Off the Hook now. I am continually looking to expand and I want to thank everyone who has inspired me to keep going and supporting my business. Anyone looking to contact me directly to place an order can contact me directly at 252-241-8255. Thank you again and I look forward to serving you! €

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uly is going to see the water increase to the upper 70s and low 80s on the offshore and inshore wrecks. The offshore water temperatures on the southern wrecks was 73 to 75 degrees while the water temperature of the wrecks on the east side ranged from 68 to 71 degrees through the end of June. The Gulf Stream is over 50 miles off of the coast, but it does bring warm, blue water to the offshore wrecks. It is not uncommon to see 70, 80 and even 100 feet of visibility on the wrecks of the Crystal Coast. The water was already in the low 80s at Radio Island by the end of June. By the end of July, the tropical fish should start to appear. During the last week of June, manta rays appeared on the Ashkhabad, Caribsea and the tugs. Manta rays are related to sharks and skates and are found in warm water at or near the surface and are also called devil rays. They propel themselves by flapping their pectoral fins that are elongated and appear to be wings. The size of their pectoral fins gives them the ability to leap out of the water. Mantas are filter feeders and feed on plankton and small fish that they sweep into their mouths with their cephalic fins.

THE ASHKHABAD The Ashkhabad is a 401-foot-long Russian tanker in 60 feet of water. The high parts of this wreck are the boilers and the condenser. She was originally constructed as a freighter, but was converted to a tanker to carry fuel oil. The ship had a crew of 47, three of which were women. On April 26, 1942, the Ashkhabad left New York on her way to Cuba. The night sky on April 29, 1942, was clear and had a full moon that allowed six miles of visibility. The HMS Lady Elsa was escorting the Ashkhabad on her journey. In accordance to Navy regulations, both ships were zigzagging. At 9:50 p.m., the HMS Lady Elsa spotted a U-boat that was 500 yards off the starboard side of the Ashkhabad. None of the crew on watch aboard the Ashkhabad saw the U-boat. The HMS Lady Elsa fired one shot that caused the U-402 to dive for cover, but not before firing a single torpedo. The torpedo hit on the starboard side just below the waterline in the No. 4 hold. The No. 4 hold, the deep tank and the engine room flooded. Even though the Ashkhabad didn’t have any watertight doors, only the stern of the ship flooded. The U-402 partially surfaced about 500 yards off of the starboard side of the ship. The crew of the Ashkhabad fired three shots from the forward .30-caliber gun, but all three missed. An hour after the attack, Captain Alexy Pavlovitch put all of his code books in a weighted box and sank them. Then he gave the order to abandon ship. The HMS Lady Elsa picked up all of the crew and took them to Morehead City. At 10 a.m. the next morning, the crew from the HMS Hertfordshire, a British armed trawler, boarded the Ashkhabad and “salvaged” valuable navigational equipment and clothes. At 3 p.m., Captain Pavlovitch, some of the crew and a Fifth Naval District Intelligence Officer returned to the Ashkhabad to find that it had been looted. The HMS Hertfordshire had already left the area. The next day the Russians returned to their ship again and this time they were early enough to catch the HMS Hertfordshire tied up to the Ashkhabad. The British were removing all of the loose items from the ship. They were told that she was not abandoned and salvage tugs were on the way and the British returned all of the items that they had taken. On May 3, 1942, the USS Semmes, a destroyer, came upon the Ashkhabad and determined that she was abandoned and a navigational hazard and fired three rounds from her 3-inch guns. The hits caused the midship superstructure to catch fire. Seeing the fire, the HMS St. Zeno went to the Ashkhabad. The HMS St. Zeno fired a shot at the Ashkhabad, under the authorization of the commanding officer of the HMS Hertfordshire, who was in command of all British armed trawlers at Morehead City. His explanation was that he thought the HMS St. Zeno might sink the Ashkhabad and extinguish the fire, which he considered a menace to a large convoy expected in the vicinity. When the Navy tug, Relief, arrived to tow the Ashkhabad to shore for salvage, the ship was already a total loss. In 1943 and 1944, the Ashkhabad was blasted with explosives because it was a navigational hazard. If you would like to learn more about the wrecks and marine life off of the Crystal Coast, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving.com, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what classes, charters and events are coming up in the near future. € 16 CAROLINA SALT July / August 2019 » CarolinaSalt.com

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Z E N Z I I | EMMA’S CLOSET | mudpie | SCOUT | coco + carmen | MARY SQUARE


FISH

Sustainable local seafood utilizing modern cooking techniques. From local boats to our table– prepared with a Southern flair.

PRIME

Prime certified AngusÂŽ beef. Aged up to 36 days in-house for maximum flavor, and simply prepared, showcasing the best of American ranchers.

RAW

Special techniques in preparing seafood and beef ensure food safety and maximum flavor and texture.

A ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE

Best Sunset on the Island

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Bar Menu

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Drink Specials

8920 crew drive // emerald isle // 252.424.8400

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Carolina Salt July 2019  

Your Life On The Crystal Coast

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Your Life On The Crystal Coast

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