Current SIDCO Projects - Carteret County

The Lost Tankers - Carteret County Section

When so many submerged cultural sites exist in a geographical area the size of North Carolina, the identification of so many wrecks can become clouded by folklore and inadequate research practices. Even in today's age of "knowledge", a vast number of mysteries still exist in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

During World War I & II, the German U-boat records were accurate and precise, while the U.S. Government struggled with the new threat the German submarines brought to the East Coast of America. Even after 70 years, the U.S. records are vague and incomplete, which feeds the mysteries to this day. Read More

The Quinnebaugh, Carteret County

Quinnebaugh was a small wooden steamer which had been contracted by the US Army during the Civil War to transport cattle and cargo to supply US government installations in the South.  She was very old and in very poor condition.  In July 1865, she arrived in Beaufort, NC with a load of cattle for the garrison there, and to have repairs made to her boiler.  On 20 July she departed Beaufort, badly overloaded with Union troops, bound for Hampton Roads, VA.  Just outside Beaufort Inlet, her engine quit and she wrecked on a bar in front of Shackleford Banks.  She immediately began to disintegrate.  In the ensuing panic at least seventeen men drowned.  The rest were rescued by various US Navy vessels in Beaufort Harbor.  Subsequently, a Board of Inquiry found both the ship and her machinery to have been in such bad condition that she should never have been used to transport human beings.

Preliminary Assessment S.S. Pevensey, Carteret County

The S.S. Pevensey needs a Preliminary Assessment.  This will focus on the gathering of information in the form of video, still photography, recording of new or previously un-recorded features of the site, any other information that can be gleaned from the site without disturbance of the site proper. Read More

Beach Wreck Surveys, Carteret County Section, Winter (Pending acquisition of 4X4 vehicle)

The dunes of The Outer Banks are made up of cultural debris.  Pieces of shipwrecks, abandoned cars, tree trunks from the Caribbean all end up on the beach above the tide line where moving sand is trapped by the introduction of a barrier.  As the sand builds up, a dune is formed. Later maritime grasses begin to grow and roots from them hold the sand in place. Eventually no evidence of the item is left as sand completely covers it. Read More




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