Spring Vacation 2012 - Beaches - L.A.Jansen
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Topsail Island, North Carolina. Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops’l), originated during the 1700’s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. Marauding pirates hid their ships in the channel behind the narrow barrier island and waited for passing ocean merchant ships. Eventually the merchants became aware of this infamous hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails, "top sail," showing over the rolling dunes - hence the name Topsail Island. (from "About Topsail Island").

Topsail Island, North Carolina. Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops’l), originated during the 1700’s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. Marauding pirates hid their ships in the channel behind the narrow barrier island and waited for passing ocean merchant ships. Eventually the merchants became aware of this infamous hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails, "top sail," showing over the rolling dunes - hence the name Topsail Island. (from "About Topsail Island").