A Tribute to Ships Lost
This web site will be looking at ships that have sunk off the Outer Banks dating back to the 1500's. How did I come up with this idea? After spending numerous vacations in various locations on the Outer Banks, I've grown to really enjoy my time down there. Back around 2004, I saw a map, Ghost Fleet of the Outer Banks, in a store. While others shopped I reviewed the map and was amazed to see how many ships were lost off the Outer Banks Coast. I walked out of the store and later regretted not purchasing the map. While down there in the summer of 2005, I found the map in the same store and decided I would purchase the map. And the rest is history...


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A mysterious shipwreck has revealed itself on the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke, and there is a possibility it’s the remains of a steamboat that claimed 90 lives in 1837.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina has a reputation of being the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and there are estimates approaching 3,000 shipwrecks along the islands, going back to the first English settlements in America.
2016-09-13 , Robert Pear
The OBX is a beach-goer’s paradise, but hidden just below those gentle waves is the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” — the final resting place for more than 5,000 sunken ships.
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A driving tour of Outer Banks Shipwrecks.
Explore shipwrecks that are sometimes visible.
Looking for a vacation rental can be a daunting task. Here is some help. - Coming soon
As time has moved on and people of the generation during WW II pass away I worry whether this piece of history will be lost. In an attempt to preserve this time period I am looking for anyone who knows anyone that may have first-hand knowledge of these ships that were sunk.
It began with a laminated map in a gift shop, that lead to a magazine article, and lead to creating this website.
Please note this site is starting off with the history of ships sunk in 1942. As the site grows more years and ships will be added. Look at Latest News for the latest updates on sunken ships.
Thanks to Paul at: www.nc-wreckdiving.com for allowing me to use your photos.
Gary Gentile at Gary Gentile Productions for his 2 great books: Shipwrecks of North Carolina from the Diamond Shoals North & Shipwrecks of North Carolina from Hatteras Inlet South
Another great book that I used from David Stick.
Very helpful in finding information about German U-boats
A Website that presents records and photographs from the battle between Germany's U-boats and Allied forces.
A photographic history of the U.S. Navy

Lonely Cape Hatteras, Besieged by the Sea

An article that included the map that drew me into creating this site. Who knew with the map, a magnify glass, and my curiosity would take me on an adventure

National Geographic - September 1969

Interested in the article and the map here is where it all started.

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