The North Carolina coast has a rich history of seafaring. Underwater archaeologists throughout the state work to bring many shipwrecks to light. Some examples of recent excavations are the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard, which sunk in 1718 CE, and the USS Monitor, the first iron-hulled steamship commissioned by the Union during the Civil War, which sunk en route to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Below you will find an interactive Google Map of many of the shipwrecks that line the North Carolina coast. In the sidebar to the left, you can select specific shipwrecks to learn more about their history and excavation.