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“Excellent source of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
59158 Coast Guard Road, PO Box 191, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
252-986-2995
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Excellent source of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Free admissions but donations are encouraged. A very good exhibit on sunken ships during the Civil War era.

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Newport, North Carolina
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“History at it's finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

A great place to visit for history buffs. This place showcases the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and how it got its name. Shipwrecks are showcased throughout the museum, and it is well worth the trip to Hatteras.

Visited September 2012
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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“The back room is great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I nearly missed going into the main museum section, which is through a door opposite the entrance and information desk. Just didn't see it. Anyway, I'm glad I found it because that's where the bell from the Carol Deering is.

Don't know the ship? Well perhaps you'd know it as the ghost ship of the Diamond Shoals. It came aground with all sails set on Jan. 31, 1921 - but not a living soul to be found, aside from a six-toed cat. The crew had disappeared! I learned this by visiting the excellent Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum website before my visit. So, it was cool to see what was left of the ship in the museum. Why didn't bodies wash up, or life boats? If the crew managed to get away from the smashing surf, why didn't they come ashore somewhere else, dead or alive? No one knows....

There was also a fascinating display of diving equipment and one of how artifacts are being recovered from Blackbeard's flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge (which sank off of Cape Lookout), along with Civil War displays and a lot about the charter fishing fleet of the Outer Banks.

Well worth the price (it's free, but a $5 donation is suggested) especially if one visits the web site to get some inside information before the visit.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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“Pleasant diversion from a day of driving and ferries”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Nice, small, well-maintained museum that has a sampling of exhibits on a variety of subjects: Civil War, War of 1812, Ironclads, fishing, diving, pirates and local culture. The exhibits are not too in-depth and the museum can be negotiated in less than one hour. There is no fee for admittance and the gift shop offers a wide variety of items.

Visited October 2012
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“Enjoyable and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Spent a couple of hours and enjoyed the history. I thought the exhibit on the underwater diving gear was a bit of a space filler. Would have preferred more on the history of the area but I did enjoy learning about the "Graveyard of the Atlantic", the U-boats and the civil war from an outer banks perspective.

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