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
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BERMUDA SHIPWRECKS, ISBN # 0-9616167-4-1
A Vacationing Divers Guide to Bermudas Shipwrecks,
by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9 softcover,73 pages.
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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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