"Captain Otway Burns was born on the west side of the mouth of Queen's Creek (near
"At the time that Burns bought the lot, it contained a dwelling house on the portion lying between Front and Water streets, and Capt. Burns and his young wife may have resided for a time on that lot. The lower portion of the lot, lying between
"It was his role in the War of 1812 that won Burns his fame and made him
Photograph by Philip Howard - Village Craftsmen of Ocracoke
"In partnership with Col. Edward Pasteur and the other owners of the SNAP DRAGON, most of whom were of
"Following the war, the enterprising Captain Burns returned to his old trade of shipbuilding and eventually at Beaufort tried his hand at storekeeping, salt making, brick making, and investing in the Clubfoot and Harlowe Creek Canal Company. A Democrat in politics, Burns represented
"In 1836, President Andrew Jackson, himself a hero of the War of 1812, appointed Burns keeper of the Brant Shoals Light-House at
"Today Swansboro's most famous son has two
"Otway Burns also built two large vessels--the Warrior in 1823 and the Henry in 1831. These vessels were used to carry cargo from North Carolina to various ports, to include as far away as South Africa and the West Indies.
"The shipyard of Otway Burns was known for quality and workmanship of the vessels that were built there. After building the last of the two Brigs little is known about additional construction at the shipyard.
"What is known is that Captain Otway Burns constructed a very personal vessel for himself. Possibly out of the loss of his Snap Dragon during the War of 1812, he built himself another vessel and also named it Snap Dragon. This ship was sleek and known to have been very fast.
"Otway Burns also built into the construction of this vessel the first-known 'center-board' used in the waters of
Above text quoted from Jack Robinson