Manteo in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Spirit of Roanoke Island
The Spirit of Roanoke Island, completed in 2000 by volunteers of the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island, is a fine example of the shad boat. A traditional work boat built of juniper (Atlantic white cedar) and fastened with copper rivets, she carries a sprit mainsail, jib and topsail.
Volunteers and the public alike learned about this innovative design firsthand, by building the shad boat through a "hands-on history" experience. They used the same traditional materials and techniques as George Washington Creef had done nearly 122 years after the first shad boat was developed.
Visitors were able to watch as the shad boat slowly emerged from lofting plan to a fully realized vessel, the air fragrant with the scent of juniper. Plank by plank, the Spirit of Roanoke Island took shape in the boathouse named after Creef and passed down through his family to become a state maritime museum.
Today, some 130 years after the first shad boat came off the blocks, the Spirit of Roanoke Island continues to demonstrate an important part of North Carolina's maritime heritage through educational activities, both on and off the water.
She is regularly featured at wooden boat shows and maritime events and was on display at the 2004 Smithsonian
In 1987, the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the cultural significance of the shad boat, designating it as the official State Historical Boat.
A grant from the Percy and Elizabeth Meekins Trust funded construction of the Spirit of Roanoke Island.
From her initial construction to summer sail-aboards, the Spirit of Roanoke Island is an example of the museum's commitment to learning by doing.
North Carolina Maritime Museum photographs
Location. 35° 54.501′ N, 75° 40.166′ W. Marker is in Manteo, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fernando Street and Agona Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 Fernando Street, Manteo NC 27954, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Manteo Weather Tower (within shouting distance of this Dare County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Channel Obstructions (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Bartow (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrew Cartwright (approx. 1.3 miles away); Battle of Roanoke Island (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manteo.
Also see . . .
1. Shad Boat - The Spirit of Roanoke. Images compiled by artist and historian Mary Warshaw (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
2. George Washington Creef Boathouse. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.