The Shipwreck Series

Shipwreck series set for Feb. 9

From the Outer Banks Sentinel

The Currituck Heritage Park Winter Education Series continues its 'Corolla In Retrospect ~ The Shipwreck Series' with Blackout!

For years after the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built (1875) the Graveyard of the Atlantic was a safer place for mariners but the torpedoes and submarines of the two World Wars changed that.

• It is a little known fact that there were German submarines directly off the NC coast in WWII, much less in WWI. James Charlet and Linda Molloy from the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site will dramatically present some of this history with an emphasis on the most highly awarded US maritime rescue, the Mirlo in 1918.

• Learn from Danny Couch, an Outer Banks historian and owner of Hatteras Tours what life was like for local residents during WWII.

• Why is this area called the Graveyard of the Atlantic? Nathan Henry, lead conservator with the Underwater Archaeology Branch's Kure Beach preservation laboratory, will share his knowledge gained from working on dozens of shipwrecks in the U.S.