A Look at the Corolla Shipwreck

Pieces of the recently discovered Corolla shipwreck

Underwater Archaeology Branch Head Richard Lawrence recently sat down to talk about one of North Carolina’s oldest shipwrecks that will soon get a final home at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

The wreckage was hidden under sand and water on the shore of Corolla for centuries, but winds and tides slowly uncovered the shipwreck over the course of a year.

Earlier this month, it was successfully moved to higher ground by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, our own Office of State Archaeology, Corolla Fire and Rescue and volunteers from Currituck County. Officials are now working on plans to move the 12-ton structure by truck more than 90 miles to the museum in Hatteras, one of three North Carolina Maritime Museums in the Department of Cultural Resources Museum of History Division.

Editor's Note -- as of 2016, some artifacts from the Corolla wreck are on display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

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