Getting New Sea Legs

A familiar Outer Banks icon is getting overhauled this winter to make her more seaworthy.

The Elizabeth II is a replica of one of the ships that brought colonists to Roanoke Island during the 1500s. She was found to have a rotten keel during her annual assessment, so the wooden behemoth is now dry-docked at Wanchese's Seafood Industrial Park in Dare County.

A team from Maine, one that helped build the boat twenty years ago, is back to help their old friend with a re-fit.

Roanoke Island Festival Park director Scott Stroh says it's a neat chance for those interested in our sea born heritage to peer back in time.

The Elizabeth II will likely be back home at Festival Park by the end of February, where you can see it sitting across the Manteo waterfront.


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