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NORTH CAROLINA Shipwreck postage stamp Bermuda   NORTH CAROLINA shipwreck bow sprit scuba diver        

By Capt. Dan Berg

Photo: Bowsprit of the North Carolina. Photo by Alan Marquardt. Bermuda wreck series postage stamp. Courtesy Postmaster General.

The English iron barque, North Carolina, which was approximately 205 feet in length, was enroute from Bermuda to Liverpool, with a general cargo, including cotton and bark, when she struck a reef and sunk on January 1, 1880. According to the Board of Trade Casualty Returns1879-83, the North Carolina was three years old, displaced 533 tons, was registered in Liverpool, owned by H. Barber and under the command of Captain Alexander Buchan. The Casualty Returns also tell us she was sunk 8.5 miles west and .5 miles south of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.

On January 27, 1880, a salvage attempt was made tore-float the vessel. This attempt failed when the North Carolina's massive anchor broke free and crashed through the ship's hull.

Today, the North Carolina sits upright in 25 to 45feet of water. Her bow and stern are intact with her mid section collapsed. Her bowsprit and stern fantail and row of dead eyes all make excellent backgrounds for underwater photographers.


The information listed above was taken with permission from the Book:
A Vacationing Divers Guide to Bermudas Shipwrecks,
by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9 softcover,73 pages.
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by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9, 73 page downloadable ebook. From the first quarter of the 16th century, Bermuda became a landmark for Spanish ships sailing back to Spain from the New World. The desire to sight Bermuda to confirm their position often ended their voyage as they wrecked on Bermuda's outer reefs. To this day Bermuda's treacherous reefs have taken their toll on shipping. The reefs have claimed vessels ranging from ocean lines to small fishing boats. Bermuda Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the legendary wrecks around Bermuda. Bermuda Shipwrecks includes over 100 illustrations comprised of 61 sensational color photos, 17 rare b&w historical images, 19 stamps, 4 sketches plus one map. Bermuda Shipwrecks contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 55 of Bermuda's most popular Shipwrecks. 

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