Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association
Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association
OWWA logo:
An old-style Ocracoke
shrimp boat coming in.


   Click an image for a larger version -photo credits: B. Garrity-Blake

Check out the current Watermen’s Projects:
Ocracoke Oyster Restoration Project  Ocracoke Working Watermen Exhibit

In 2006, island watermen and a 300 year old maritime heritage faced an end when the last fish house was closed and put up for sale. Today the fish house is owned by a community non-profit . Become a supporter of OWWA and learn more about island fishermen, the effort to save the fish house, Ocracoke’s maritime heritage, educational outreach, research and restoration.

  OWWA’s raffle item this year is a “Ship in a Bottle” by shipwright artist Jim Goodwin.

OWWA raffle

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OWWA Raffle 2011

   Download a raffle ticket here

  The work shows the Pirate Brigantine Ranger, the flagship of Charles Vane from May 1718 to November 1718. Jim Goodwin has been a geologist and an educator, but now devotes his time to preserving this maritime art form and giving demonstrations at museums and maritime festivals. Since his debut at Village Craftsmen and his workshops with the Ocrafolk School, Jim has been recognized both state-wide and nationally for his work. He spends many meticulous hours hand-crafting these items in a bottle. He also makes Lighthouses in a Bottle. Jim's Ships in Bottles are featured in "The Lovely Bones" a film based on the Best Selling novel by Alice Sebold. Raffle tickets will be available when the fish house opens with a drawing to be held Labor Day! All proceeds benefit the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association.