VISIBLE SHIPWRECKS ALONG
THE OUTER BANKS

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    Over 2,000 ships have been lost along the treacherous coastline of the Outer Banks, giving it the nickname "Graveyard of the Atlantic." Here are a few of the wrecks that may be visible at low tide or are on display.
  • Schooner Francis E. Waters is on display at the Nags Head Town Hall. She sank in October 1889.
  • Schooner Laura A. Barnes, sank June 1921, is on display at Coquina Beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
  • Trawler Lois Joyce, which sank December 1981, is visible in the surf at Oregon Inlet.
  • The Federal Transport Oriental sank May 1862. Her boiler stack is visible from the second beach access after the Oregon Inlet Bridge.
  • An unknown barge is visible at low tide directly across from Pea Island U.S. Fish & Wildlife Station, just north of Rodanthe.
  • Schooner G.A. Kohler sank August 1933 and is visible on the beach at Ramp 27, just north of Avon.
  • Schooner Altoona, which sank in 1878, is visible north of pond at Cape Point, Buxton.

    For many years, "treasures" have been discovered along our shores... washed-up remnants from these and other ships that have perished in our waters.

 

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