Diving into History

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a world-renowned vacation destination. But what many visitors don’t know is that the beautiful blue waves also hide historic shipwrecks. Thousands of vessels rest in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, including 17th-century shipwrecks, a World War I-era lightship, and German U-boats that plied U.S. waters during World War II. Some of these wrecks can be viewed by divers, and may be protected by an expanded Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.