History & Culture

Black and white image of Beach Apparatus Drill reenactment. A group of surfmen are in the foreground pulling a rope on the sand. Another person stands in the background.
A reenactment of the Beach Apparatus Drill, used to send lines out to shipwrecks for Breeches Bouy or Life Car rescues.

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Although Cape Lookout National Seashore is well known for its surf fishing, wide beaches, wild horses, and shore birds, the area also boasts a rich and colorful human history. These islands have been home to fishermen, whalers, and stockmen. They have borne witness to shipwrecks and daring rescues. Take a moment to journey through the human struggles and triumphs that occurred on these islands.




Last updated: October 20, 2023

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