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U-85 Background Briefing l
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The Battle Begins
The popular shipping lanes off the Outer Banks made piracy
and warfare an integral aspect of the region's maritime history.
This area of the Museum includes displays of shipwrecks related
to piracy and warfare off the coast from the late 17th century through
1945. Exhibits are organized into three different time periods:
The Colonial & Revolutionary War, The Nineteenth Century
& The Civil War and the Twentieth Century/World Wars I & II.
Visitors learn about pirates that roved the seas plundering ships
of every nationality. Legends of Edward Low, Ann Bonny, Blackbeard,
the naming of Nags Head, and ships mysteriously lost are brought to life.
Tales of Civil War blockade-runners and the historic sinking of the
U.S.S. Monitor are recounted. So too, are the
devastating, unrestricted submarine attacks of two World Wars, evidence
of which lies a few miles off the Banks' shores.
U-85 ... The first U-boat sunk during World War II
German U-boats disrupted shipping along the North Carolina Coast
during both World Wars. On April 13-14, 1942 the first U-boat
was sunk off the North Carolina Coast. Join Lieutenant
Commander Howe on the U.S.S. Roper and compare your battle
decisions with his.