Found a piece of shipwreck
By Stephanie Banfield,
When I moved to the Outer Banks two months ago, one of the first things I did was join the Outer Banks Surfrider Foundation's Adopt-A-Beach program. Having vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of 8, I wanted to do my part to keep our beaches clean, especially now that I am a year-round resident. (And who wouldn't love an excuse to stroll the beach on a regular basis?!)
During my lunch break today, I stopped at the beach access my boyfriend Jeff and I "adopted" to pick up any trash or debris that had washed up from the snowstorm we had this past weekend. While I did find a handful of broken boards and some pieces of tattered sand fencing, I also stumbled across a large item that immediately caught my eye: a shipwreck!
Often called the Graveyard of the Atlantic because so many vessels have struggled to navigate the shallow shoals off the shores of these barrier islands-and either ran aground or sank to the bottom of the sea-the waters off the coast of the Outer Banks are well-known for the 3,000 or so shipwrecks that have been discovered here.
After 23 years of vacationing on the OBX and visiting all the local museums and historical attractions, it was amazing to find a piece of Outer Banks history myself. I went to the beach this afternoon expecting to find some trash I could toss on the way back to my car-but what I found instead was treasure!
For more information on Outer Banks shipwrecks, check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras Island.
Monday, February 15, 2016