Foster Family

The Foster Family (Ernal and Bill, brothers, both deceased) put Hatteras on the world’s sport fishing map. In the then-isolated commercial fishing village of Hatteras, North Carolina, Ernal Foster had the foresight to see the potential in taking people fishing for pleasure in the mid-1930s and had his first boat, the Albatross, built for charter in 1937. At that time, the Fosters were the first full-time charter operation on the East coast. As Ernal Foster’s business began to flourish, he had to urge neighboring commercial fishermen to help with the overflow. His ultimate solution, however, was to build two additional boats, which gave birth to the Albatross fleet. The Foster family, including Ernal’s son Ernie have been fishing the waters off Hatteras continually since 1937, and the Albatross fleet of charter boats is still operational today.