BEAUFORT, NC Dec. 22, 2014:
On Stage: The Clythia, Masthead Light
The Clythia was a large Norwegian bark that shipwrecked on January 22, 1894 near Wash Woods. Visit the Museum in January to view her masthead light and discover her history and the details of her stranding just south of the Virginia-North Carolina line. For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at 252-986-2995 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.
Dash at the Enemy: The Use of Modern Naval Theory to Examine the Battlefield at Elizabeth City, North Carolina
January 8, 11 a.m.
Following the victory at Roanoke Island in 1862, Union naval officer Commander Stephen Rowan was given orders to pursue and destroy the Confederate fleet, which had retreated to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The engagement at Elizabeth City was short and a conclusive victory for the Union forces. The tactics employed during the battle have been examined from historical documents, but have not yet been examined archaeologically. Using frameworks set forth by the American Battlefield Protection Program and also using Modern Naval Theory, this study seeks to recreate the tactics used. Presenter: Adam Parker, Program Maritime Studies, East Carolina University. Free program. The program will also be streamed LIVE during a 6 p.m. online presentation at http://csi.northcarolina.edu/ustream. For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
January 9, 6-8 p.m.
The Clythia was a Norwegian bark shipwrecked off the Outer Banks. On January 22, 1894, she ran aground while transporting a cargo of Italian marble. The Clythia or Marble Wreck, as she is more commonly known, was salvaged heavily. The wreck now sits in 20 feet of water. Portions of the wreck protrude above the surface at low tide. Kids explore the ship’s history and create related maritime crafts while enjoying tasty treats. Ages 6-12. Everything provided. Reservations required. Free. For more information, call 252-986-2995, email email@example.com or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.
About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal culture and maritime history, which includes these shipwrecks, this repository of history. The vessels are the centerpiece of rich relationships to piracy, war, (Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars I and II), lifesaving, commerce and coastal living. The Museum is filled with related artifacts, which include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650, objects from the USS Monitor, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Huron.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through thru mid-October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. mid-October through March. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.