20160115_090612Town Dock is a free berth in Oriental Harbor used by both locals and transients. Boats can tie up for 48 hours and usually you see a mix of both sailboats and power boats. This morning was an unusual visitor – a steel three masted schooner. Unfortunately her name was on the stern, which extended beyond the dock, as did the bowsprit in the other direction. What drew me to her was the use of cheek blocks to tension the shrouds and beautiful belaying pins to secure the lines. Both of these are from a time before turnbuckles and cleats. What a joy to see these old systems still in use.


Cheek blocks to tension rigging

Cheek blocks to tension rigging

Belaying pins behind the cheek blocks






For more information on Oriental and surrounding areas, contact Brian at 252 876 3142 or

Brian Dodds Broker/REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Willis Smith
Oriental, NC 28571


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