UPDATE: Historic Shipwreck Moved On Outer Banks

What may be our state's oldest shipwreck has moved to its new home.

The 12-ton wreckage of what's believed to be a merchant ship from the mid-1600s got into Hattaras Island Tuesday morning from Corolla at 4:30 am and was put into place at the Atlantic Museum around 7:30 am. This is a distance of about 90 miles along North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The shipwreck was moved to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village, at the very southern tip of Hatteras Island. Strong thunderstorms almost threatened the haul. The weather improved around 12 a.m. Tuesday, allowing the big trip to get underway.

In Hatteras, historians will restore and reveal the ship's secrets. You can watch that process take place. Officials say much of the shipwreck will be behind the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum under a big tent; people can watch archaeologists work on it. Officials also say many are bringing forth pieces of the ship they have found along the shore and everyone is working to put the pieces together.

Historians estimate this ship came from the mid-1600's--almost 80 years older than Blackbeard's famous Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck of 1718.
Residents discovered the shipwreck in 2008, and it was moved in April to higher ground.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 20, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    To Local, I would also raise a ship and let those people starve as well. Those types of people don't want to work and want things handed to them. They deserve to starve. Now the ones who can't find a job and is willing to learn anything it takes to make a living, I beleive they should not get cut off. I hear there are many more people drawing unemplyment than there should be, and that drains that fund much faster than it can recover.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    To: Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM, I have no need to rush when I'm on vacation, it's supposed to be relaxing, not getting your panties in a wad over a delay. Anyway, the point I'm making is that I'd MUCH rather get stuck behind it and delayed than run up on it at night coming around a bend in the road. Much like the reason I cant pull equipment, or my own boat after dark, it's for a reason. I'm not fussing because I can't, I think it's poor judgement that they did. Visibility is 90% of safety when you're hauling something large on a public road. And as far as power to meet regulations, it's more power to ignore them. It makes little difference how old the boat is if someone drives thier car through the side of it.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jul 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    To Local: Point well taken. I do know that grants usually come from the government, but this article does not say what organization was responsible for funding the move. To leave on a positive note, I'm sure the artifacts will make a nice addition to that maritime museum.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    What are you talking about Anonymous? I think it makes little since until you are stuck behind it. It took them 7 and a half hours to move it 90 miles. How would you like to get stuck behind them on your way to vacation. When you applied for your permit did this 12 foot peice of equpiment date back to the 1600's? I think they can be allowed an exception and I'm sure they had much more man power to meet safety regulations.
  • by Local on Jul 20, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    To anyone who believs money was wasted on this project. Their are numerous clubs and orginazations to help restore ships and lost treasure from the sea. Not the governments money ours! I work at a business and have at least 2 ppl a day trying to get me to sign a paper saying we arent hiring so they can draw unemployment! I would rather raise a ship and let them starve!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    I find it disturbing that the haul was made over the middle of the night, yet it's illeagal for me to tow my boat after dark due to width restrictions. We were never able to get a permit to haul a 12 foot piece of equipment after dark due to safety regulations. Why was this deemed the best time to move a shipwreck? Makes little sense.
  • by ryan Location: jacksonville on Jul 20, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    This is great! Jimmy, I don't know what you are talking about. The ship found under the WTC was put there during NYs early years to help build up Manhattan Island. Outsidelookingin, this comment shouldn't be here. That is your opinion. The US is not paying for this. Nothing was even mentioned as to who was moving the ship so please quit jumping to conclusions. For all we know the move is privately funded or grants are being used.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jul 19, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    Wow, America has enough money to move this old timber a.k.a. a ship wreck (of thousands out there in the Atlantic) but we are out of money for the millions on unemployment, through no fault of their own (not talking about the sorry ones). America wastes so much money on things that do not really matter, and withholds money from people, who do matter. Look up how much food is thrown away everyday by restaurants that could be given away to soup kitchens. True, some do make the trade, but many more are not allowed. I am glad to have lived in this country for over 50 yrs., but I see a lot of waste for frivolous interests.
  • by jimmy Location: tick bite on Jul 19, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    Yes Ken that ship was found to be junk by it's fromer owners and put into a junkyard and Hilton if you did the Feds. Will be looking for you
  • by Hilton Location: ENC on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    we found on years ago on our property and we used it as firewood. I was nice slow burning firewood!
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