Media Photo: Shipwreck Excavation
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?
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.