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Dive Into NC’s Underwater Heritage

HATTERAS – Discover what lurks beneath the sea from the comfort of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum auditorium during the fifth annual Underwater Heritage Symposium.

Set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be divers, underwater archaeologists, scientists and historians sharing with the audience their adventures, research projects, environmental issues, maritime history and culture.

“The fifth annual Graveyard of the Atlantic Underwater Heritage Symposium provides a unique opportunity for the diving community who have experience in diving along the Outer Banks to share their experience and knowledge with other divers and the public at large,” North Carolina Maritime Museums Executive Director Joseph K. Schwarzer said in a statement. “The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is proud to host the symposium for the fourth year to provide a better understanding among sport and recreational divers and the public.”

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Underwater Heritage Symposium gives participants and the audience a chance to meet, talk shop and discover various fields of interest and share years of knowledge and expertise, according to the press release.

Event Schedule

  • 10:05-10:45 a.m.: U-Boats off the North Carolina Coast
  • 10:50-11:30 a.m.: The Sinking of Diamond Shoals Lightship and SS Merak during World War I
  • 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Wreck of Mirlo, the British Tanker that sank in 1918
  • 1:20-2 p.m.: The German Battleship Ostfriesland, which was sunk in 1921 off the coast of Virginia as a test of air power.
  • 2:05-2:45 p.m.: NOAA’s First Special Use Permit Dives
  • 2:50-3:30 p.m.: An Archaeological and Historical Shipwreck Investigation of the Miss Betty J.
  • 3:35-4:15 p.m.: Two Decades Before the Mast with Blackbeard
  • 4:20-5 p.m.: Commerce and Conflict: Wilmington, Fort Fisher and Blockade Running During the Civil War

Contact Mary Ellen Riddle at 252-986-0720 or maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov for more information.

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