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Dare County, in partnership with EJE Dredging Service, will hold a Christening Ceremony and Community Day in Wanchese on Thursday, October 13, 2022, to honor Miss Katie, the new 156-foot-long Shallow Draft Hopper Dredge .

Miss Katie– which is the result of a years-long collaboration between Dare County officials and EJE Dredging Service, owner of the dredge – departed the Conrad Shipyard in Louisiana on the morning of Saturday, August 13, 2022. In the after midday of Friday August 19, 2022, she officially arrived in Wanchese, which will serve as the home port for the dredge.

Under the direction of the Oregon Inlet Task Force, Miss Katie will be responsible for helping to combat the large influx that is occurring in various canals and creeks in Dare County in an effort to keep these waterways open and navigable. for commercial and pleasure vessels.


Community Day – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the community portion of the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to
4pm Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Members of the general public are invited to stop by Miss Katie’s home port in Wanchese Harbor (928 Harbor Road in Wanchese) and take a guided tour of the dredge. In addition to offering tours, the community day will also include music and light refreshments.

Baptism Ceremony – 4:30 p.m.

After the community day, a naming ceremony will take place at the port of Wanchese from 4:30 p.m. This ceremony is also open to the general public and will end with a bottle of champagne smashed against Miss Katie’s bow to bless the ship with good luck. and safe travels.

During the christening ceremony, remarks will be made by several key speakers, including Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard, Dare County Commissioner and Oregon Inlet Task Force Chairman , Jim Tobin, and EJE’s Vice President of Dredging, Jordan Hennessy, along with several federal and state government partners and industry representatives.


Further information:

A limited number of parking spaces are available at the event site at Wanchese Harbour, and attendees are encouraged to wear tennis shoes or deck shoes for the event.

For more information on Miss Katie’s Christening and Community Day event, please contact Jordan Hennessy at 252-619-3606 or Miss Katie | Dare County, North Carolina (darenc.com). For more information on Miss Katie, please Click here.

Click here to view and download the event flyer. (PDF)

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