Earlier this week remains of a wooden ship, possibly the American schooner Momie T, were found uncovered with portions relocated along the beach near Buffell Head Road in Duck during last week’s nor’easter. Communication was quickly established between town residents, Town of Duck Staff, and researchers from ECU’s Maritime Studies Program, UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the Underwater Archeology Branch of North Carolina’s Office of State Archives (OSA). The Division of Archives and History is the custodian of all shipwrecks and other underwater archeological resources and remains from shipwrecks, like those found in Duck, are protected under North Carolina laws.
Representatives from the above agencies worked together this week to protect the remains as advised by the OSA. For more information on the ship remains and previous collaborative work to document the ship, visit the Duck Town Hall to view an informative panel and illustration summarizing the project.