Surfmen and Shipwrecks

Spirits of Cape Hatteras Island

Jeanette Gray Finnegan Jr.

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Living in the shadow of the mighty Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, miles from the village, Ellie, Luke, and Blake exist in a world of spirits, mystical wolves, and stories told by their grandfather, the keeper of the lighthouse. In the fourth of a five-volume series, the three children of the Jennnette family travel back in time to discover the origin of their ancestors and the events that shaped the civilization of Cape Hatteras Island. Throughout the series, islanders live as they did when only an occasional mail boat kept them connected to the rest of the world--before a bridge linked the island to the mainland, before tourists flocked to the area during the summer season, and before the government became involved in managing the land. Isolated from others, they created a life of comfort and community, one that is long lost. In each subsequent volume, the Lighthouse Kids meet the people and experience the events that gradually transformed Cape Hatteras Island to the popular resort area it is today.In Surfmen and Shipwrecks, we learn of the stories surrounding the fearless seamen of the Lifesaving Service and their courageous attempts to provide safe passage past the dreaded Diamond shoals and through the storms. These simple island men were heroes, and represented the fabric of the seven communities that made up Cape Hatteras Island. The children's adventures continue. Luke accidentally takes part in one of the rescues and gains a great deal of admiration for the lifesavers. Ellie taps into her mental awareness and has a vivid dream of the future of her home near the Lighthouse and Blake becomes the owner of a horse of remarkable powers, who, in the future will save his life.

Jeanette Gray Finnegan Jr., was born in the village of Hatteras, on Hatteras Island, in what was then, the back room which had one hospital bed, a local midwife, medicines, and multiple shortwave radios which could be used to contact the hospitals on the mainlan. The village of Hatteras, one of seven on the island, was the closest place for a plane to land should the patient need to be "taken off" (island speak for 'one too sick to be attended to by anyone without a medical degree').
She spent her childhood surrounded by an extended family which included parents, grandparents, uncles, and kin.
During World War II, while her father and uncles fought in both the Atlantic annd Pacific theaters, she, her older brother and her mother lived in the big room upstairs of of her grandparents' house.
Jaye, as she is known, moved "off island" to attend highschool and college, and taught secondary school for thirty-five years in the Virginia public school system before coming back to the island to live.
She writes in the solitude of the third floor loft of her home, with views of both sound and sea. Surrounded by books--borrowed, bought, downloaded, or checked out from various libraries---she studied the written history of the island and wove the tales in these books from fact, experience, and a grandmother's longing to convey the island's history to her grandchildren in an interesting enough way for them to enjoy the tales.
The impact of growing up in this magical place, her pride in the people of the island and their accomplishments, permeate the pages.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 300
Erscheinungsdatum 15.12.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-59715-162-7
Verlag Jeanette Gray Finnegan Jr.
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/1.7 cm
Gewicht 464 g


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