Underwater Heritage Symposium set for April 7 in Hatteras

Jim Bunch of Kill Devil Hills has been diving and photographing the shipwrecks off the Outer Banks for more than a half century and is considered a leading expert on the U-85, the first German U-boat sunk by a United States warship. The wreck, located off Nags Head, is what Bunch describes as his personal obsession. He’s made more than 1,000 dives to the site and was part of an effort to uncover its enigma machine, one of only 13 machines like it around the world.

Early spring is the beginning of diving season on the Outer Banks and also when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosts its annual Underwater Heritage Symposium.

In the day-long event, professional divers and underwater archaeologists team up to offer presentations on diving experiences, underwater photography, history of U-boat war off the coast, and shipwrecks.

Hear their stories based on firsthand experience, and discover the amazing history present off our coast.

This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras.

For more information, call (252) 986-0720, email maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov or visit graveyardoftheatlantic.com.


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