02/17/11

Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

One of the must do things on Hatteras Island is a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum which holds some of America’s most important maritime history. The museum preserves Outer Banks maritime history and shipwrecks from the earliest periods of exploration and colonization to the present day.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution and it is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System within the State History Museums, Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The museum preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets its collections for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. For more information on what you might find and learn at the museum visit www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com.

A Rare Glimpse into History – Sunken WWII Ships Found off the Coast of Cape Hatteras

Providing new insight into a relatively little-known chapter in American history, a team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just discovered two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic, 30 miles off the Cape Hatteras coast. The attacked WWII merchant ship Bluefields and the German U-boat that […]

Not just another day at sea…

On February 21, 1854, a 250-ton barkentine, Orline St. John, was dismasted in a strong gale off of Cape Hatteras. As heavy seas battered the large vessel and its crew, many people tried to seek refuge out of harms way. Concerned with their safety, several crew members tied themselves to the rigging in hopes of […]

Shipwrecks…UNCOVERED

It’s that time of year again! Days on end of a strong “blow”, as native islanders would call it, tends to expose treasures that have remained hidden from the salty elements for many years. Whether you are in search of miles of phenomenal shelling, a scattering of sea glass, or treasures washed ashore from shipwrecks […]

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