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Warren O'Neal Papers


Warren R. O'Neal was born in Manteo in 1910. His boatbuilding career began in 1925, when, at the age of 15, he built a flat bottom skiff. In the 1950's, Warren pulled long nets, shrimped in the off-season and carried sports fisherman in the summer months on the Pearl, a wooden, flat-bottom boat named after his wife, Pearl Daniels O'Neal. In 1959, he built the Pearl II, incorporating a deep V-shaped hull to allow for increased speed and the ability to plow through rough seas with ease. He built numerous sports fishers, small boats and skiffs. His boats remain popular and many craftsmen in boatbuilding worked with the O'Neal Boatworks at one time.The materials in this collection relate to the ... (more below)

Title

Warren O'Neal Papers

Collection Number

33MSS-67

Date(s)

1962 - 1981

Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
.2 cubic feet
Physical Description
Boxes
1.00
Folders
16.00
Abstract

Warren R. O'Neal was born in Manteo in 1910. His boatbuilding career began in 1925, when, at the age of 15, he built a flat bottom skiff. In the 1950's, Warren pulled long nets, shrimped in the off-season and carried sports fisherman in the summer months on the Pearl, a wooden, flat-bottom boat named after his wife, Pearl Daniels O'Neal. In 1959, he built the Pearl II, incorporating a deep V-shaped hull to allow for increased speed and the ability to plow through rough seas with ease. He built numerous sports fishers, small boats and skiffs. His boats remain popular and many craftsmen in boatbuilding worked with the O'Neal Boatworks at one time.

The materials in this collection relate to the O'Neal Boat Works and several aspects of the boat building business. Warren O'Neal is credited with building the first modern sport fishing boat in Dare County in 1959, known as the Carolina Boat. There are photographs of some of O'Neal's boats as well as several sketches. There are also financial documents relating to O'Neal Boat Works, including a boatbuilding ledger documenting the cost of materials and an accounts receivable ledger. Exhibit materials include clippings, a piece of stationary, a postcard and an invitation.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Outer Banks History Center.

Creator

O'Neal, Warren

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


The Warren O'Neal Papers are arranged by document type in alphabetical order and into the following series: Drawings, Exhibit Materials, Financial, Photographs and Printed Materials.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Sarah Downing, 2003

Encoded by Stuart Parks II, October, 2008


Warren R. O'Neal (1910-2000) was born in Manteo and was the son of Leon and Zilphia Hooper O'Neal. His association with boats began at the age of 9 when he joined his grandfather in a sailboat to fish for mullet in the shallow waters of the Outer Banks. His boatbuilding career began in 1925 when, at the age of 15, he built a flat bottom skiff.

In the 1950's, Warren pulled long nets, shrimped in the off-season and carried sports fisherman in the summer months on the Pearl, a wooden, flat bottom boat named after his wife, Pearl Daniels O'Neal. In 1959, he decided to build the Pearl II and chose a deep V hull to allow for increased speed and the ability to plow through rough seas with ease.The deep V hull, constructed with wooden plank and epoxy glue became O'Neal's trademark and later was known as the Carolina design. He built numerous sports fishers, small boats and skiffs. His boats remain popular and many craftsmen in boatbuilding worked with the O'Neal Boatworks at one time. His boats can still be seen today.


Warren R. O'Neal (1910-2000) was born in Manteo and was the son of Leon and Zilphia Hooper O'Neal. His association with boats began at the age of 9 when he joined his grandfather in a sailboat to fish for mullet in the shallow waters of the Outer Banks. His boatbuilding career began in 1925 when, at the age of 15, he built a flat bottom skiff.

In the 1950's, Warren pulled long nets, shrimped in the off-season and carried sports fisherman in the summer months on the Pearl, a wooden, flat bottom boat named after his wife, Pearl Daniels O'Neal. In 1959, he decided to build the Pearl II and chose a deep V hull to allow for increased speed and the ability to plow through rough seas with ease.The deep V hull, constructed with wooden plank and epoxy glue became O'Neal's trademark and later was known as the Carolina design. He built numerous sports fishers, small boats and skiffs. His boats remain popular and many craftsmen in boatbuilding worked with the O'Neal Boatworks at one time. His boats can still be seen today.


[Identification of item], 33MSS-67, Warren O'Neal Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Donated by Stuart Bell in April, 2005


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


The materials in this collection relate to the O'Neal Boat Works and several aspects of the boatbuilding business. Warren O'Neal credited with building the first modern sport fishing boat in Dare County in 1959 known as the Carolina Boat. There are photographs of some of O'Neal's boats as well as several sketches. There are also financial documents relating to O'Neal Boat Works including a boat-building ledger documenting the cost of materials and an accounts receivable ledger. Exhibit materials include clippings, a piece of stationary, postcard, and an invitation.

The Warren O'Neal Papers are arranged by document type in alphabetical order and into the following series: Drawings, Exhibit Materials, Financial, Photographs and Printed Materials.


The materials in this collection relate to the O'Neal Boat Works and several aspects of the boatbuilding business. Warren O'Neal credited with building the first modern sport fishing boat in Dare County in 1959 known as the Carolina Boat. There are photographs of some of O'Neal's boats as well as several sketches. There are also financial documents relating to O'Neal Boat Works including a boat-building ledger documenting the cost of materials and an accounts receivable ledger. Exhibit materials include clippings, a piece of stationary, postcard, and an invitation.


  • O'Neal, Warren R.
  • O'Neal Boatworks
  • Boatbuilding--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--History

Physical Description
1 box, 16 folders
Physical Description
Boxes
1.00
Folders
16.00

Folder: 1:1.1  
Finding Aid

6933
Drawings

Folder: 1:2.1  
Boat Designs
Folder: 1:2.2  
Work Bench

6936
Exhibit Materials

Folder: 1:3.1  
Financial
Folder: 1:3.2  
Brochure
Folder: 1:3.3  
Certificate
Folder: 1:3.4  
Clippings
Folder: 1:3.5  
Invitation
Folder: 1:3.6  
Postcard
Folder: 1:3.7  
Stationary

6944
Financial

Folder: 1:4.1  
Accounts Receivable Ledger
1962-1987
Folder: 1:4.2  
Boat Building Ledger
Folder: 1:4.3  
Payroll Ledger

6948
Graphical Material

Folder: 1:5.1  
Photographs

6950
Publications

Folder: 1:6.1  
Ephemera
Folder: 1:6.2  
Marlin Magazines