First Look at World War II Shipwrecks Off NC Coast
The charred remains of a century-old schooner that wrecked in a 1933 hurricane can be spotted in the sand of a popular Outer Banks island for now. But there’s always a chance nature could cover the remains again.
All crew members were saved when the four-masted G.A Kohler crashed onto the beach on Hatteras Island 86 years ago, according to a post Saturday afternoon on the Facebook page of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The post included a color photo of the wreckage in the sand and a black-and-white shot of the schooner from the 1930s after the vessel wrecked.
Described in the post as “one of the last large sailing vessels,” the G.A. Kohler was southbound “when a hurricane passed through causing the ship to crash onto the beach,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials said in the post.
The vessel remained on the beach for a decade before it was burned during World War II “for her iron fittings,” according to the post.
The G.A. Kohler is among hundreds of vessels that have wrecked along the N.C. coast, according to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. That’s why the N.C .coast also is known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” officials said in the post.
“With the shifting sands, shipwrecks will be uncovered and recovered over and over again,” according to the post.
The G.A. Kohler “is sometimes visible on the beach at Ramp 27,” south of Salvo and north of Avon, officials said.