Stuff in the Water – Episode 020
Shipwrecks. Rocket engines. U-boats. Atom bombs. Regular bombs. There’s a lot of stuff in the water off the Carolina coast and beyond, and we talk about them in this episode.
We check in on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge to make sure it’s still there, kick the tires on some World War II practice bombs, find out what a Q-ship is, and talk about so many military shipwrecks.
- Stuff on the Water: A Water Log
Queen Anne’s Revenge in the News
- Has been confirmed for several years
- Was accidentally sunk by Blackbeard
- Blackbeard lost another ship trying to recover it
- The state of NC is in a legal battle over the copyright status of wreck media
The SS Central America
- Known as the ship of gold
- “Hurricane 2” hits in 1857, 425 lost
- Math is used to find the wreck
- People go crazy over the gold, legal wrangling ensues
- Off Fort Fisher, is becoming a historic dive site
- Was a Confederate blockade runner
- A spy aboard scrambled off the vessel with gold sewn into her clothes
- Her vessel capsized and she died, the only casualty
The Mighty Fanny
- World’s first aircraft carrier?
- Fought to take Hatteras Island during the Civil War
- CSA flotilla takes Chicamacomico, promptly loses it
- The Fanny is scuttled near Elizabeth City
Richmond Class Ironclads
- Confederate ironclads
- They were of poor quality
- CSS Raleigh and CSS North Carolina
- The CSS North Carolina sinks due to being of poor quality in 1864
- William F Lynch decides to engage the Union Blockade squadron at New Inlet with the CSS Raleigh
- This goes poorly, ship is grounded
- Crazy plan to fill a ship with gunpowder, point it at Fort Fisher
- Despite objection from an engineer, the plan is carried out
- Ship explodes, fort remains
- World War I: Schurz versus skins
- SMS Geier, briefly teams up with the Emden
- The Geier is interned in Hawaii by the US, renamed the Schurz and entered into the war
- Heads to Charleston via the Panama Canal
- Is rammed off Cape Lookout, sinks
World War II Test Bombs Found
- Probably inert, but be careful
- Fairly common for old explosives to be found in the water
- Scallop trawler in 1965 pulled up a live torpedo and killed all hands
The Tricky Q-Ship
- The USS Atik is converted to a Q-ship during World War II
- Loaded with concealed cannons, loaded with pulp wood in March 1942
- SS Carolyn to her friends, SS Vill Franca in the streets
- U-123, under Rheinhard Hardegen, hits the Atik, takes the bait
- The trap is sprung, but not to great effect
- The ship then explodes of its own accord
- Now lies offshore near Hatteras
- Found in 2014
- Was a wounded german submarine
- Encountered a fleet and opened fire
- Sunk along with a merchant vessel in 1942 in the Outer Banks
Cape Fear River Shipwreck
- It is a “battle ship” not a battleship
- The Patrol Craft 1084 was bought post-World War II by the owner of Reece’s Landing
- Was towed to join the festivities on the water in Fayetteville
- Ran aground and could not be loosened
Wilmington’s Historic Shipwreck District
- Survey of river wrecks in 1983
- Cannon found during River Road excavation
More Stuff in the Water
- The 1958 Tybee Island mid-air collision drops a nuclear bomb off of the Georgia coast
- The Titanic wreck located in 1985 during the search for a nuclear submarine
- Jeff Bezos spearheads the effort to recover Apollo mission F-1 engines from the Saturn V
- What does U-boat stand for?
- The total eclipse is coming
- Eclipse miniepisode?
- The Lieutenant Dan of ignored military engineers
- Don’t forget to help us Feed the Kitty
Wilmington’s Historic Shipwreck District
Shipwrecks of the Carolinas
National Geographic discusses the confirmation of the wreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s ship lost near Beaufort, NC.
How do you pronounce “Chicamacomico“?
“Fate unknown.” Partial information on the ship sticking out of the water near Fayetteville.
Midmost Coast has previously talked about the shipbuilding industry out of the local area in “The Shipbuilding Epoch” episode, and also touched on some activity during the Civil War in “Bizarro Wilmington”.
But there is more to the Titanic discovery story.