Fun Facts: Torpedo Junction

In 1942 Germany sent its U-boat submarines to the poorly guarded Eastern Seaboard of the United States. During the first half of 1942, the German subs sank more than five dozen vessels in N.C. waters. Because of this, Cape Hatteras earned the moniker “Torpedo Junction.” Burning ships, gunfire and debris washing up onshore were common sights for the locals.