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.