• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Media Photo: Shipwreck Excavation

Archaeology excavation of LAURA A BARNES

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Date: June 17, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 x148

Students, like Kathryn Lee Cooper, from the Field School of Maritime History and Underwater Research with East Carolina University (ECU), along with the National Park Service Submerged Cultural Resource Unit, the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, the NC State Underwater Archeology Unit and NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary have joined efforts to form a working partnership project this summer entitled Shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The team of archeologists, with the help of some interested park visitors, have excavated remains of the three-masted schooner Laura A. Barnes that wrecked off Nags Head in 1921.

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.