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