End of the Line : The Wright's Creek Commercial Fishing Graveyard, Belhaven, North Carolina
Marcotte, Jacqueline L.
A 1994-1995 survey (Babits and Kjorness 1995) discovered the presence of several abandoned vessel complexes in Wright's Creek, a rural area located between the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers in North Carolina. These graveyards, composed of the discarded vessels and equipment of the commercial fishing community, serve a purpose for those who create and maintain them along their property boundaries, bestowing them with meaning and regard. Rather than aesthetically displeasing "eye-sores," these sites serve as a repository for the memories and nostalgia of the commercial fishers. In addition, they provide materials for salvage and reuse, aiding in maintenance of working vessels, proving a financial boon in the process of boat breaking. The archaeological study of a commercial fishing graveyard allows interpretation of the social, economic, and technological changes affecting the surrounding community. The concentration of abandoned vessels in this embayment presents a unique opportunity to study behavioral patterns associated with a rural boat graveyard, as the adjacent community is still interacting with the discarded material remains. Continued interaction demonstrates social significance as the surrounding community has intimate ties to the abandoned. This area of Belhaven, once a vital waterway for commercial fishers, is experiencing economic decline as evidenced by the high number of vessel and equipment graveyards.
Marcotte, Jacqueline L.. (January 2011). End of the Line : The Wright's Creek Commercial Fishing Graveyard, Belhaven, North Carolina (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3558.)
Marcotte, Jacqueline L.. End of the Line : The Wright's Creek Commercial Fishing Graveyard, Belhaven, North Carolina. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2011. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3558. January 18, 2020.
Marcotte, Jacqueline L., “End of the Line : The Wright's Creek Commercial Fishing Graveyard, Belhaven, North Carolina” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2011).
Marcotte, Jacqueline L.. End of the Line : The Wright's Creek Commercial Fishing Graveyard, Belhaven, North Carolina [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2011.
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