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The Graveyard of the Atlantic

Find what was once lost at sea.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic is a region of the ocean just offshore of the Outer Banks where some 3,000 shipwrecks decorate the depths from Kitty Hawk south to Ocracoke. This region of the North Carolina coast once claimed many ships and their crews, due to the treacherous shoals and underwater sandbars that never sat still for any map, and the powerful storms which still capture the attention of a nation. Today, you can view some of these wrecks from shore or by snorkeling, and the area is ripe for scuba diving. The span of craft range from the first colonial ships of the 1500's, to the Civil War and both World Wars, including the most German U-boats sunk off any state coast in America. Learn about them all at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

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