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More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seas More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seasoned sailor. These are the stories of daring rescues, tragic failures, enduring mysteries, buried treasure, and fascinating legend.


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More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seas More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seasoned sailor. These are the stories of daring rescues, tragic failures, enduring mysteries, buried treasure, and fascinating legend.

32 review for Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bill Tress

    This book provided everything I was looking for when I selected it to read. I have read about the coastline of the Mid-Atlantic States and, I have read about Cape Cod and its magnificent coastline. So, I wanted to explore the coast further south and James Charlet provided that experience. He is an expert on the outer banks of North Carolina and this professionally researched and written book provided some hours of enjoyable reading. He told of pirates, the blockades by the British navy during ou This book provided everything I was looking for when I selected it to read. I have read about the coastline of the Mid-Atlantic States and, I have read about Cape Cod and its magnificent coastline. So, I wanted to explore the coast further south and James Charlet provided that experience. He is an expert on the outer banks of North Carolina and this professionally researched and written book provided some hours of enjoyable reading. He told of pirates, the blockades by the British navy during our two wars; the German submarines lurking offshore during the two World Wars and the brave crews of commercial ships that lost their lives in these waters. Our author went into detail regarding the beauty of this area of coastal North Carolina. I learned many things about what makes this coastline unique. Why it is called the “graveyard of the Atlantic.” Why a person could stand in 3 or 4 foot of the Atlantic Ocean miles off the shoreline, the area is called Diamond shoals, and the violent storms that pound these shores. I learned that a southernly flowing current called the Labrador current collides with the northern flow of the Gulf Stream, right off the North Carolina coast. All these factors make sailing these waters quite treacherous. A bonus that our author provides are riveting stories of shipwrecks on these shores primarily during the nineteenth century. The dramatic loss of ships and lives as told by Charlet were spell binding. His greatest achievement in this scholarly work is the narration concerning the U.S. Life-Saving Service. James Charlet may be the primary authority on this subject. His skillful prose describes these brave men walking the beaches in all kinds of foul weather looking for ships in distress. Then when these stricken ships are spotted they do amazing and heroic things to rescue those sailors stranded in storms and about to go down to ‘Davey Jones locker’. Some of the ships that were lost were just ordinary vessels plying their trade along the Atlantic coast while others were important ships whose lose affected the world events. This is a history book, it is an adventure book, it is tales of heroism and human courage, so what is not to like about such a book?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Charlet is not so much a writer as a storyteller, but he excels at making the history of the US Life Saving Service and NC shipwrecks come alive. The only reason it took so long to complete the book is that I decided to purchase a copy, which I put aside in favor of library books that had to be read & returned. When I picked it back up at page 70 today, I finished the entire book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Stewart

    Great looking book, containing well kept tales.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Fantastic book! I can't wait to visit there sometime! Fantastic book! I can't wait to visit there sometime!

  5. 4 out of 5

    April

    An absolute treasure of Outer Banks history. I'm so happy I bought it. An absolute treasure of Outer Banks history. I'm so happy I bought it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James C. Sullivan

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    Ingmar Weyland

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    Mark

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    Jane Boop

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