The Pasquotank River // (
Machelhe Island is a river island on the Pasquotank River.
The name "Pasquotank" is derived from pashetanki, an Algonquian word translated as "where the current forks." The river gained importance in trade and shipping during the American colonial period.
The Battle of Elizabeth City was fought on the Pasquotank River where a small Confederate fleet was sunk in defense of the City. The Confederate ships sunk on the Pasquotank River in the battle were the CSS Black Warrior, CSS Fanny, CSS Sea Bird, and the CSS Appomattox.
Some principal industries along the Pasquotank were transport, logging, and oyster harvesting. Since the twentieth century, the commercial viability of the river has declined, as more traffic uses the Intracoastal Waterway by way of Coinjock. The river is now primarily frequented by pleasure boaters.
North Carolina State Library. July 1997. “County History.” North Carolina Encyclopedia. 18 Nov. 2000.