Friday, January 09, 2015

World War I U-Boats

German U-Boat activity off the coast of North Carolina during WWII is well documented. Fewer people are aware of U-Boat presence in Carolina waters in 1918.  Now is your chance to learn about this fascinating story.

The National Park Service Outer Banks Group has scheduled a presentation for January 12 as part of its citizen science program series. Know Your Park:World War I: U-Boats off the North Carolina Coast will feature Mr. Michael Lowrey, World War I historian and main contributor to the web site, at the Ocracoke Community Center on Mon. Jan . 12 at 7 pm. (The program will be repeated at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Tues. Jan. 13 at 7 pm.)

Both programs are free and will last approximately 1 hour. World War I touched the shores of Cape Hatteras, nearly 100 years ago, in 1918. Mr. Lowrey’s presentation will focus on archaeological and historical data of German U-Boat activity which threatened the North Carolina coast during World War I and will bring to life this little known, but all important, story of America’s maritime history.

The Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring national park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:22 AM

    it amazes me that in this day and age that access to "talks" or presentations delivered at state parks and national sites is limited. There may be limited seating but why not record the audio and create a podcast. An enterprising individual can run with this idea-- an internet channel of history podcasts, there is talk that the survival of rado as we know it is challenged by the popularity of podcasts. A podcast requires engaging material delivered by a knowledgeable presenter and then the expertise to channel it to the internet! Any boy scout on OI need an eagle project?

  2. Anonymous9:54 AM

    I get these daily emails on History events in NC. Here one on tanker sinking of Hatteras.
    Sorry I didn't get around to seeing you in October when on the island, had nice visits with David S, Dave F and others. - Happy New Year - Nollie