Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This listing of quick clips is by date of wreck:


Tiger / 29 June 1585
English flagship Tiger, part of the fleet transporting Sir Walter Raleigh's colonists to Roanoke Island, site of the first English colony in the New World, was stranded, repaired and refloated at Ocracoke Island. No lives lost.



H.M.S. Garland / 29 November 1710
English warship wrecked on a small sandbar a little southward of Currituck Inlet. 15 crew perished. Wreck sanded over before anything could be salvaged.

Sloop Benjamine Eddy / 21 October 1728
Home port Boston, MA; enroute from North Carolina to Boston; completely lost about 6 miles from the Ocracoke Bar.

Adriatick / 1739
Captain Hanney, merchantman sailing from London to Virginia, wrecked at Capt Hatteras with a large loss of lives.

Hoylin & Woolford / 1741
Two English merchantmen lost off Cape Hatteras: Hoylin, Captain Cunningham, arriving from Bristol, no lives lost and Woolford, Captain Kenlock sailing from Jamaica to London.

George / 1743
Coastal Trader sailing from Boston to North Carolina under Captain Raitt, wrecked near Oregon Inlet. No lives lost.

Katherine & ElizabethNeptune / 1744
Two English merchantmen sailing for London lost on Diamond Shoals: Katherine & Elizabeth under Captain Webster and Neptune under Captain Knowler.

11 Vessels / October 7 & 8, 1749
During a hurricane, 11 English merchantmen were totally lost: At Ocracoke Inlet, 7 sank inside the bar and two were wrecked 5 miles north of the inlet; at Cape Fear, the Dolphin, Captain Cleavers, sank, and the John & June, Captain Close, foundered 9 leagues seaward of the Cape Fear bar. 

Charming Polly / January 1751
Wrecked in Ocracoke Inlet while enroute from Barbados to Patowmack, VA with 30 hogs head of rum and 40 barrels of sugar. Crew saved.

Schooner Emilia / December 1751
Sank off Teache’s Island while enroute to Hampton, VA. Crew and part of her cargo saved.

Greyhound / 1751
English merchantman sailing from Boston to North Carolina, Captain Cook, wrecked during bad weather near Salmon Creek in the Chowan River. No lives lost.

Schooner St. Kitts Packet / 1 October 1752
Driven on shore. Some of the damaged cargo was saved but the vessel was apparently lost.

Two Vessels / 1757
American merchantman Union, Captain Hammond, coming from Rhode Island, lost at Cape Hatteras in January; English packet Virginia, Captain Ball, sailing from Bristol to Virginia.

Three Vessels / 1758
English merchantmen lost at Cape Hatteras: Friendship, Captain Briscal, arriving from England. No lives lost; Peggy, Captain Abercrombie, sailing from Philadelphia to South Carolina; and the Princess Amelia, Captain Freizwell, sailing from Halifax to South Carolina.

Five Vessels / 1760
Ship of unknown registry, Four Lantons, Captain Tasker, arriving from Jamaica, lost entering Edenton; English merchantman Anne, Captain Thresher, arriving from Cadiz, lost on the Cape Fear bar; English slave ship Racehorse, Captain Barker, carrying slaves from Africa to South Carolina, wrecked June 22 on Frying Pan Shoals. Many lives lost. (Click HERE for more information on slave ships); English ship Kingston, Captain Goodman, sailing from Havana to Philadelphia, foundered off Cape Fear. Crew rescued by a passing ship; and the Scottish merchantman Charming Betsey, Captain Watts, sailing from Lisbon to Virginia, foundered off Cape Hatteras. 9 crew members perished.

Two Vessels / 1763
English merchantmen Royal Charlotte, Captain Severy, sailing from Montserrat to Georgia, wrecked at Long Bay; Union, Captain Blackburn, sailing from Barbados to North Carolina, lost crossing the Cape Fear bar. Crew saved.

Shannon / 1764
Scottish merchantman sailing from Virginia to Glasgow, Captain Williamson, wrecked at Currituck Inlet. Crew and part of cargo saved.

Revenge / June 1765
English merchantman sailing from Curacao to Norfolk, Captain Whittingham, wrecked two miles north of Currituck Inlet. Only crew saved.

Good Intent / 1767
English Slave Ship arriving from Africa with over 300 slaves, Captain Copeland, lost off Cape Hatteras. (Click HERE for more info on slave ships.)

Two Vessels / 1768
English ship Beggars Bennison, Captain Boyd, on Cape Lookout Shoals; Scottish Enterprize, Captain Reid, totally lost during a gale on February 3, Linger Shoals inside the Cape Fear bar.

Snow Lillie / 15 April 1770
On way to Ocracoke under Captain Ewer. Came ashore 10 miles north of the village. Crew and cargo saved, but vessel was lost.

Charming Polly / 1770
English merchantman arriving from London, Captain Shoemaker. Totally lost off Cape Hatteras.

Sloop Peggy / 24 December 1771
Driven ashore on Ocracoke Island and completely lost along with cargo. Captain Robert Tompkins, his crew and passengers were saved.

Two Vessels / 1771
Merchantmen Betsey, Captain Roberts, arriving from London, at Old Topsail Inlet. No lives lost; Lively, Captain Read, arriving from Grenada, off Cape Hatteras.

Betsey / 1772
Earlier this year, the merchantman Betsey, Captain Leadbeater, was lost crossing the Ocracoke Inlet bar.

Two Vessels / 1774
English merchantmen Charming Betsy, Captain Waugh, sailing from Baltimore to London, wrecked on Ocracoke Island, only a small part of cargo saved; the Sally, Captain Keith, sailing from Maryland to Gibralter, lost on Cape Hatteras.wrecked on Ocracoke Island while on passage from Baltimore to London. Only a small part of her cargo was saved. Commanded by Captain Waugh.

Many Vessels / 2 September 1775
During a hurricane that struck the North Carolina coast on 2 September 1775, a large number of ships were lost, but only the English merchantman Hector, Captain Quince, arriving from London, lost on Frying Pan Shoals, was identified.

Four Vessels / 1775 
Four English merchantmen were lost during the year: Royal Exchange, Captain Daverson, bound for London, at Cape Lookout, all of her crew was saved, Clementina, Captain Weir, arriving from London, at Cape Hatteras; Elizabeth & Mary, arriving from England, lost entering Cape Fear Inlet; and the Austin, Captain Sarrat, sailing from Tobago to Liverpool, lost off Cape Hatteras.

Brigantine Aurora / 19 September 1776
Ship of unknown registry, wrecked at Portsmouth Island. All on board survived.

Aurora / 11 November 1777
English troop transport lost off Cape Hatteras, Captain Bishop, very few survivors.

Peggy / 1783
American merchantman sailing from the Virgin Islands to New York, Captain McNeil, lost off Cape Hatteras, only a small part of cargo saved.

Betsey / 1784
Ship of unknown registry sailing to Antigue, Captain Flynn, totally lost near Cape Fear.

Britannia / 1786
English ship arriving from England, Captain Dunlop, wrecked south of the Cape Fear River, no lives lost.

Molly / 1789
English merchantman sailing from Dunkirk to Virginia, Captain Baker, wrecked at Cape Hatteras.

Pusey Hall / 1790
American ship sailing from Jamaica to Virginia, Captain Simpson, wrecked at Cape Lookout.

St. James Planter / 1791
English merchantman sailing from Jamaica to London, Captain Paxton, lost near Cape Lookout, part of her cargo saved.

Two Vessels / 1792
English merchantmen Pitt, Captain Cook, arriving from Antigua, lost on the Ocracoke Inlet bar; American Ship Experiment, Captain McDonald, sailing from New York, lost off Cape Hatteras.

Two Vessels / 1793
American merchantmen Polly wrecked near Beaufort, no lives lost; and Nancy, Captain Beacon, sailing from Jamaica to Virginia, wrecked on a shoal off Currituck, no lives lost.

Sloop Betsy / 6 September 1797
The Betsy was lost at Currituck Inlet during a storm. She was returning from Cape Hatteras when, in sight of the Cape Henry lighthouse, she "was obliged to bare away in a gale of wind."

Industry / 1798
American merchantman Industry, Captain Woodend, sailing from St. Vincent to Virginia, lost on Cape Hatteras.

Roanoke / 1 May 1799
Herald of Freedom of Edenton, NC: The ship Roanoke, Capt. Ebenezer Paine, from Cadiz, laden with … Brandy, Wine, and Fruit, lately struck on the Bar at Ocracoke, and went to pieces …

Christian / 1799
German immigrant ship Christian, Captain Deetjen, sailing from Bremen to Baltimore, lost near Cape Lookout, no lives lost and part of cargo saved.


Two Vessels / 1802
English merchantmen lost on Cape Hatteras: Expectation, Captain Baker, sailing from Antigue to North Carolina; and Brunshill, Captain Bacon, Sailing from England to Virginia, her crew was saved.

Neustra Senore Del Carmer / 7 December 1804
The copper-bottomed Spanish brig Neustra Senore Del Carmer wrecked on Ocracoke Bar. Commanded by Captain Manuel Rodrigues.

Four Vessels / 8 September 1804
American packet Wilmington, wrecked at Bald Point, after first striking on Frying Pan Shoals; English ship Lydia, Captain Hatton, sailing from Wilmington to England, lost on Cape Hatteras; American merchantman Molly, Captain Mill, arriving from Jamaica, wrecked near Cape Hatteras; and the Spanish merchantman Santa Rosa, Captain Fernandez, sailing from Havana to Bilbao with a great amount of treasure aboard, lost near Wilmington about mid-November.

Fortura / 1805
Portuguese merchantman, Captain Rhode, sailing from Brazil to Baltimore, lost on Cape Hatteras, part of her cargo saved.

Lively Lady / September 1810
Enroute from New Orleans to Liverpool. Drifted ashore on Ocracoke Island with no one on board.

Four Vessels / 1810
English ship Rhine, Captain Turnly, arriving from the Bahamas, lost crossing the Wilmington bar in September, no lives lost; French ship Maria, sailing from Martinique to New York, lost on Cape Hatteras; English ship Olympus, arriving from England, totally lost near Wilmington at the end of November; and American ship Lively Lass, sailing from New Orleans to Liverpool, drifted onshore at Ocracoke Island at the end of September without any persons on board.

San Antonio / 18 February 1813
Spanish Brig totally lost near Wilmington, Captain Fabre, all of her crew saved.

Gunboat #140 / 23 September 1814
American Gunboat wrecked on Ocracoke Island.

More Than 23 Vessels / 1815
During a hurricane early in September, more than 20 ships were wrecked or sunk at Ocracoke Inlet and on Ocracoke Island. During the year, three other ships were lost: American brig Atlanta on November 8 on Diamond Shoals, crew saved; English merchantman Sero, Captain Robinson, coming from Cuba, wrecked September 25 off Cape Hatteras; American merchantman Superior, Captain Spence, sailing from Martinique to Philadelphia, lost October 3 near Cape Hatteras, crew and part of cargo saved.

Five Vessels / 1816
American merchantman Eliza, Captain Steele, sailing from Jamaica to Philadelphia, lost on Ocracoke Island, crew and part of cargo saved; American merchantman Bolina, Captain Lee, sailing from New York to Charleston, wrecked on Boddy Island on September 26, crew and part of cargo saved; American merchantman Little Dick, sailing from Jamaica to Wilmington, lost crossing the Wilmington bar; English merchantman Nancy, Captain Scott, sailing from the Virgin Islands to Edenton, wrecked on January 23 near Newburn, crew saved; and a merchantman of unknown registry, Mary, sailing from Norfolk to Trinidad, wrecked on April 15 on Currituck Beach, most of her cargo saved.

Five Vessels / 1817
American merchantman Voucher, Captain Howland, sailing from New York to Charleston, wrecked November 19 at Chicamacomico, all of crew, passengers and cargo saved; merchantman of unknown registry, Emperor of Russia, sailing from Amsterdam to Boston, lost March 18 near Currituck Inlet, crew and part of cargo saved; American merchantman John Adams, sailing from Charleston to Norfolk, lost May 19 on Cape Hatteras, crew and some cargo saved; merchantman of unknown registry, Rosetta, Captain Sissen, arriving from New York, lost March 4 crossing the Ocracoke Inlet bar, crew and all cargo saved; and the American merchantman Mary & Francis, Captain Marsh, sailing from Madeira to Baltimore, wrecked during March near Cape Hatteras, most of her cargo saved.

Three Vessels / 1818
The English merchantman Fly sank on Frying Pan Shoals; the American merchantman William Carlton wrecked May 15 at Kill Devil Hills; and the English brig Georgia, Captain Colesworth, coming from New York, was wrecked July 15 at Currituck Inlet, crew and most of wood cargo saved.

Two Vessels / 1819
American vessels schooner Phoenix, Captain Coffin, sailing to Philadelphia, wrecked May 13 on Cape Hatteras and sloop Revenge during January at Currituck Inlet.

Three Vessels / 1820
The American sloop Henry during January on Ocracoke Island; the merchantman Islington, Captain Wilson, on March 16 at Cape Hatteras; and the ship Horatio, Captain Martin, during April on Diamond Shoals, 8 killed.

Seven Vessels / 3 September 1821
During a hurricane on September 3rd at least 7 vessels were destroyed in the Ocracoke/Portsmouth area: The SUSAN, Capt. Thomas commanding, enroute to Baltimore from Ocracoke was driven ashore and lost; the schooner MILO, Capt. Fisher commanding, enroute to New Bern with a cargo of claret wine and molasses was lost, but cargo was saved; the schooner JOHN BURNEY bilged and was totally lost; the FEDERALIST, under the command of Capt. Luther, home port Washington was a total loss, crew was saved; the EMELINE, Capt. Caruther commanding, ran ashore in the breakers while trying to put to sea and was totally lost; and the OLIVE BRANCH and JOHN WALLACE also sank at Ocracoke.

Two Vessels / 1821
English merchantman Martha, sailing from Bermuda to New London, wrecked at Currituck Sands; and American schooner Sophia, Captain Massey, sailing from Philadelphia to Norfolk, wrecked 10 miles north of Currituck Inlet, only one survivor.

Three Vessels / 1822
A ship of unknown registry, Nereus, Captain Bosse, sailing from Bremen to Virginia, totally lost January 1 on Cape Hatteras; English merchantman Statira, sailing from Havana to London, lost on Frying Pan Shoals, no lives lost; and the American schooner Enterprize wrecked October 27 at New Inlet.

Sloop Emily / 30 March 1823
From New York City under the command of Captain West wrecked on the Ocracoke Bar. Vessel lost but crew and cargo of corn and bacon saved.

Peter Francisco / 7 October 1823
Sailing from New York to Mobile, Captain Reerson, wrecked on Bodies Island, crew, passengers and all cargo saved.

Sloop Only Son / 1823
Bilged on the bar while on passage from Martinique to Elizabeth City with a cargo of molasses. Home port Cohasset, ME.

Schooner Wesley / 1823
Wrecked on Ocracoke’s north bar while enroute from Alexandria, VA to Florida. All crew members but one drowned and vessel was totally lost.

Caroline Du Nord / 19 January 1924
French merchantman lost while crossing the Ocracoke Bar. Commanded by Captain Grace.

Schooner Susan / 1 June 1824
Lost while crossing the Ocracoke Bar. Enroute from Demarara to Philadelphia. No lives lost.

32 Vessels / 1825
During a hurricane on June 4, more than 25 unidentified ships were wrecked north of Ocracoke Inlet on the Outer Banks. During the year, 7 other American ships were lost: Washington, coming from Jamaica on January 24, at Ocracoke Island; Nancy, Captain Hatch, February 21 on the Ocracoke Inlet bar; merchantman Horam, Captain Eldridge, sailing from Boston to Jamaica, April 6 on the Ocracoke Inlet bar; schooner Emulous, January 22 at Kitty Hawk; schooner Diomede, January 23, at Kitty Hawk; schooner Harvest, Captain Murphy, November 18 at Bodie Island; and the schooner Victory, December, at Kitty Hawk.

Packet Schooner Amity / 5 January 1826
Wrecked on Ocracoke Bar while enroute to New Bern from New York City. Vessel completely lost, but Captain George Dixon, others on board and cargo were saved.

Schooner Gideon Sparrow / 6 June 1827
Wrecked and totally lost. Under command of Captain Mekins.

Schooner Victory / 6 February 1837
The British schooner from Jamaica for Norfolk went ashore, Feb. 6th on Boddy’s Island, 50 miles south of Cape Henry. Crew Saved.

Schooner Seaman / 5 March 1837
Of Duxbury, half full of water, no people on board, was boarded March 5 by the Miles King of Norfolk. The crew had been taken off by the steamer South Carolina.

Schooner Hunter / 19 August 1837
Of and from Norfolk for Charleston, was driven ashore the southward of Cape Henry. Two of the crew perished. Vessel and cargo totally lost.

Schooner Wave / 9 December 1837
From Higham, in ballast, bound to Elizabeth city, went ashore on Currituck Beach, 19 Jan. Crew saved, vessel has bilged.

Brig Ralph / 15 December 1837
20 days from New Orleans, bound to Baltimore, went ashore near the Washwoods, on December 15 and bilged.

Schooner Horse / 31 January 1838
The three-masted schooner of Boston, from Wilmington, NC laden with lumber, bound to Baltimore was run ashore about six miles south of Carver’s Inlet, Currituck Counter, N.C. on 31 Jan., having previously sprung a leak. Vessel lost but crew saved.

Five Vessels / 7 July 1842
During a hurricane on July 7th the schooner MARIE was totally lost with all on board at Ocracoke; the schooner ANN STILLE, bound for Philadelphia, under the command of Capt. Hoffman, was wrecked with a cargo of lumber; the schooner ELIZA MARIE was lost; the lighter TRANSPORT was ashore in the breakers, all hands lost; the schooner HENRY CAMERDEN out of Philadelphia, sank, a total loss. Several other vessels were ashore north of Hatteras.

Six Vessels / 23 & 24 August 1842
During a hurricane on August 23 & 24, the brig PIONEER out of the Truk Islands with a load of sale enroute to Norfolk, VA went ashore on Ocracoke Island, North Banks, 30 miles south of Cape Hatteras, losing the cargo and one crewman; the schooner GRANARY, under the command of Capt. Hooper, also went ashore losing her crew and cargo; the schooners W.H. HARRISON and JOHN HUGHES and the brig KIMBERLY were also lost on Ocracoke; and the brig JOHN L. DURAND bilged and sank while enroute to the West Indies, losing one crewman.

Schooner Deposite / 17 November 1842
Enroute from Boston to New Bern. Destroyed inside the bar.

Schooner Eolus / 31 December 1845
An unknown schooner (probably the Eolus) came ashore on Ocracoke while enroute to Florida from New York City. The vessel was lost but the cargo of dry goods was saved in damaged condition.

Schooner Avon / 19 February 1846
Out of Washington. Came ashore at Ocracoke on Valentine’s Day but was able to get off with little damage. Went ashore again on February 19 and was totally lost.

Schooner Charles Slover / 6 July 1846
Out of New Bern with a cargo of naval stores. Bilged and sank in a gale at Ocracoke and was totally lost.

Three Vessels / 7 July 1846
On July 7th three schooners were lost at Ocracoke: the PATRICK HENRY and SOPHIA D. sank at the bar; and the CONQUEST was turned bottom-up at the Bar, broke up and two crew members were lost. The brig WASHINGTON was wrecked on Ocracoke Bar.

Two Vessels / 30 December 1846
The schooner Benjamine Harrison wrecked in the Beacon Island Roads, near Ocracoke, while enroute to New York City. Also enroute to New York City, the schooner George Warren was lost on Ocracoke with a cargo of dry goods.

Schooner Melvina / 29 October 1859
During a storm the Melvina sprung a leak and went ashore on the inside of Ocracoke Bar. She was under the command of Capt. Cahoon, carrying a cargo of naval stores bound for Boston. She was reported to be a total loss.

Schooner Paddy Martin / 1865
Bound to Elizabeth City from New York. Wrecked south of Hatteras Inlet during a snow squall. Eight crewmen froze to death.

Brig Harriet / Year-End 1865
On passage from Spain to Liverpool. Wrecked 10 miles south of Hatteras Inlet during a heavy gale.

Schooner A. Kingsley / Early 1867
Enroute to New York City from Porto Aton. Wrecked on Ocracoke during a gale of wind.

Schooner Wide World / 1869
Enroute to New York from Savannah, GA, wrecked south of Hatteras Inlet during a storm. One life lost.

Schooner Melvina Jane / Early 1870
Schooner on passage to Boston, MA. Wrecked between Hatteras and Ocracoke during good weather. Cause unknown.

Schooner C.A. Johnson / July 1872
While enroute from New York City to Washington, her rudder gears gave way and wrecked at Hatteras Inlet. According to the Wilmington Weekly Star, July 5th, 1872 ... The cargo was saved, in a damaged condition, by the Ocracoke wreckers. The steamer STEVENS took two lady passengers ... to Washington.

Schooner L. Strudivant / 18 May 1876
The Morning Star, Wilmington, May 18th reported the following: Beaufort Eagle: A telegram from Cape Hatteras to B.L. Perry, agent for Underwriters, informs him that the schooner L. STRUDIVANT, from Newberne for New York, with a cargo of shingles, is sunk at Hatteras Inlet. No lives were lost.

Schooner Harmon Curtis / 17 August 1878
Home port Harrington, ME. Came ashore on the Ocracoke Beach, ½ mile NE of the cable box. Total loss.

Schooner William P. Cox / 12 March 1879
On passage from Washington to New York City, with a cargo of lumber. Under command of Captain Burris with crew of seven. Grounded on the south side of Hatteras Inlet. Lumber lost but vessel saved.

Schooner L.A. VanBrunk / 18 August 1879
A hurricane which had formed east of the Leeward Islands several days before, made first landfall near Wilmington and quickly passed inland, going back to sea just south of the Virginia border. During this storm, the L.A. VanBrunk grounded 3 miles north of Ocracoke Light and broke in two. Crew of six were saved, cargo of log wood salvaged, vessel a complete loss.

Schooner Katie Miller / 22 November 1880
Wilmington Morning Star, Wilmington, NC, November 27, 1880: Schooner Katie Miller, Capt. Scull, from Wilmington, Delaware, with a cargo of railroad iron, bound for Galveston, Texas, went ashore one mile south of Hatteras Inlet on the 22nd The crew, consisting of eight men, was saved in the schooner’s boat. The vessel is bilged and will probably prove a total loss.

Schooner Caroline / 19 December 1884
Schooner from Washington, NC stranded 6 miles NNW of the Ocracoke Station while on passage to Wilmington with a cargo of rice. Under the command of Captain Gaskill with a crew of 5. Crew saved but the vessel and cargo was lost.

Schooner Scud / 1886
On her way to Hatteras from Norfolk, VA under the command of Captain Broker and one crewman when she sank four miles NE of the Hatteras Inlet Station.

Schooner Venus / 24 October 1890
At 7 a.m. on the morning of October 24 the two-masted schooner Venus stranded on Hatteras Shore, about 7 miles NE of the Ocracoke Station during a strong northwester. The vessel, owned by Annie Harris of New Bern and built in 1885, had a crew of three and was enroute to Hatteras from Washington when the incident occurred. She was floated on November 1.


Launch Pamlico / 13 January 1910
Built in Pamlico in 1898. She sank while anchored 3 miles east of the Portsmouth Station and completely lost. Crew ashore at the time.

Yacht Onawa II / 23 April 1910
Of New York City enroute from Jacksonville, FL to Norfolk, VA. Went ashore 2-1/2 miles south of the Ocracoke Station. All eight on board were saved.

Schooner Grace G. Bennett / 1913
The three-masted Bennett, under the command of Captain S.H. Larmore, was sunk to her hatches 1-1/2 miles west of southwest point. Built in Bethel, DE in 1893, she was on passage to Baltimore, MD from Washington with a cargo of lumber. Captain Larmore was traveling with his wife, four daughters and crew who, according to the wreck report, was Mate George Bennett, Cook Richard Ford “colard” and Sailors Drennen Larmore and John Smith “colard.”

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