Know Your Park - Torpedo Junction - Shipwrecks of WWI and WWII
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Release Date: January 6, 2009
Contact: Outer Banks Group
Phone: (252) 473-2111
Know Your Park: Torpedo Junction - Shipwrecks of WWI and WWII
Presentation to be held at Salvo Volunteer Fire Station
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues with a presentation from Joe Hoyt from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvo Volunteer Fire Station. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour.
Hoyt will speak about his work just off the coast of the Outer Banks including his findings in a recent exploration of the HMT Bedfordshire and other World War I and II vessels.
Mr. Hoyt is a maritime archaeologist serving as a field technician and researcher for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. He has worked on several NOAA projects in the Thunder Bay, Florida Keys and Monitor National Marine Sanctuaries since 2001. He has worked on underwater archaeology projects in the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and several inland rivers. Hoyt is also an avid photographer and diver, and has crewed documentary expeditions on BBC's Planet Earth and PBS. Hoyt holds an MA in maritime history and underwater archaeology from East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies.
The Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring National Park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. “These presentations offer park visitors as well as local residents an opportunity to learn more about, and better enjoy, the coastal environment and their National Parks” stated Mike Murray, Superintendent, Outer Banks Group.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.