There is a reason why our shores became known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. For centuries ships have lost their way in the waters around the Outer Banks and ended up dashed and destroyed in the shoals. It is unusual, however, when a piece of wreckage actually washes ashore and suddenly become a tangible reminder of the fate of so many.
This piece, possibly loosened by Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter, washed up in Nags Head in the last few days. The UNC Coastal Studies Institute believes that it may be part of an unidentified shipwreck that is highly mobile and previously washed up on the shore of Kill Devil Hills in 2011. It is certainly an interesting insight into a big part of Outer Banks history.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is a wonderful place to learn more about the ships that have been lost here. If you have never been, you are missing out. From Spanish galleons transporting gold and other treasures to Europe from South America, to German U-Boats and the Civil War vessel the USS Monitor, the museum chronicles these wrecks and their history.