Tuesday, July 18, 2017
This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliat of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall
3rd and Van Norden
Washington, NC 27889
How Shipwrecks Shaped the
Destiny of the Outer Banks
Kevin Duffus, author of the 2007 book Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks — an Illustrated Guide, presents a wide-ranging discussion of shipwrecks and their legacy — lifesaving, salvage, rumors of wreckers, and the hundreds of forgotten shipwreck victims buried among the dunes. Duffus explains the various causes of shipwrecks, and why there is a Graveyard of the Atlantic in the first place, what it was like for passengers and crew when ships crashed into the breakers along the banks, and the true stories of some of the most incredible rescues. Duffus shares the memories of the last living lighthouse keeper on the Outer Banks, the descendants of lifesavers, residents who played on shipwrecks as children, and one well-known historian who used to dance on the deck of a wrecked vessel. Audience members will also learn precise locations of famous and deadly wrecks, as well as places to see remains of shipwrecks today.