There is a reason why our shores became known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. For centuries ships have lost their struggles against the forces of nature, piracy, and war in the waters around the Outer Banks and ended up dashed and destroyed on the shoals. The Graveyard of the Atlantic has one of the highest densities of shipwrecks in the world and holds some of the United States’ most import maritime history.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum isn’t simply a collection of artifacts. It is one of the finest, most innovative maritime facilities in the nation. Ships representing all eras of our history have found final resting places in our waters. From the exploration period are explorer ships and Spanish Galleons. The Civil War contributed several navy ships, armed merchant ships, and the world famous Monitor which sank in a storm off Hatteras Island. During World War II a British warship, sent to protect our shores, was torpedoed off Ocracoke and German U-Boats also rests in our shallows. There are even more modern freighters, sunk by storms during an era of advanced weather reporting and communications that should have prevented tragedy.
Take some time to study the mysteries of these lost ships. Learn too about the young men who have lost their lives while patrolling the waters here to keep the United States safe in times of war. Find out more about the pirates of old and the Spanish “treasure” ships that disappeared in our waters. Everyone in the family will love this museum.