- Hatteras Inlet
The first "Hatteras Inlet" was formed
southof the current inlet, but closed around 1764. The modern "Hatteras Inlet" was formed on September 7, 1846by a violent gale. This was the same storm that opened present-day Oregon Inletto the north. This became a profitable inlet, because it gave the Inner Banks, NC a quicker and easier way to travel to and from the Gulf Stream. It was easier to come into this inlet from the north. Because of the increase of commerce, Hatteras Village Post Officewas established in 1858. The initial invasion of the North Carolinacoast, on Hatteras Island, during the Civil War called Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteriescame from Hatteras Inlet. The two Confederate fortsguarding the inlet quickly fell.
Hatteras Inlet today
The inlet today is approximately 2 miles across, but this distance changes daily because of the convection of
brackish water. No bridgeruns across Hatteras Inlet. A fleet of eight ferries, owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, provide a free 40 minute ride year round to people want to traverse the inlet. These ferries connect North Carolina State Highway 12between the two islands.
* [http://www.hatteras-nc.com/history/hatteras-village-history.shtml History of Hatteras Inlet]
* [http://www.ncdot.org/transit/ferry/ NC Ferry System]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=hatteras+inlet,+nc&sll=35.219258,-75.803604&sspn=0.180347,0.376282&ie=UTF8&z=12&t=h&om=1 Google Maps - Hatteras Inlet]
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