Promise' Land, NC Past Times

Capt Gib was born on Shackleford Banks at Diamond City in 1882, the son of Pennsylvania and Josepheus Willis. As a young man, he learned about boats and sailing deadrise skiffs from his grandfather, Josepheus Willis, the well-remembered Diamond City whaler and captain of the famous Red Oar crew.

Each Fourth of July and Labor Day, there were competitive sailboat races. Captain Gib sailed in these races for fifty-five years starting at the landing on Eighth Street, sailing east around Sugarloaf Island and back to Eighth Street....

written by David Fletcher NoeWinner, 1988 Carteret Historical Society Annual Essay Contest

Gib Willis spritsail skiff #2

Photo credit: Mr & Mrs Fletcher Noe
Story credit:Sonny Williamson’s Good Old Days, Vol.1, No.2
The Mailboat, Karen Amspacher and Joel Hancock, editors

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