Shipwreck

Back in late February of 2013 we had a Nor’easter that come through and knocked out the steps to the beach for our second time during the winter. After it had passed, we noticed a piece of a shipwreck on our beach front as seen in the picture below:

The piece of the shipwreck we found on the beach after the storm.

The piece of the shipwreck we found on the beach after the storm.

A closeup of the notch in the shipwreck piece.

A closeup of the notch in the shipwreck piece.

I’ve forgotten the exact sequence, but at some point we talked to Bob, the owner of the “round” house next door and found out that he had some experience with shipwrecks on the beach. He had earlier found a piece of a shipwreck that was part of an early 1600’s ship and which had been examined and taken away by the the scholars at the the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. Bob noticed another piece of the shipwreck in another photo and actually offered a reward to renters of his house if they found it (see the photo below).

The shipwreck poster in the "round" house next door.

The shipwreck poster in the “round” house next door.

Meanwhile, we spoke to the people at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and they were very interested in our piece of shipwreck. The beach level was very low and over the next week or so the piece moved a bit. It ended up lodged under an old piece of beach stairs, just at the northern edge of our property and a couple of feet further out from where our stairs end. At that point one of the representatives from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum came out and spent several hours studying the piece but determined it probably wasn’t part of the very old shipwreck, but might be a couple of hundred years old. It has stayed in the same place, wedged in, and if the beach is real low, or if you dig down just a little you might see it.

After the shipwreck piece had moved it was wedged under some old stairs about at our property line and about at the end of our steps.

After the shipwreck piece had moved it was wedged under some old stairs about at our property line and about at the end of our steps.