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DID YOU KNOW OBX
An Outer Banks Video Series
Did You Know OBX is an informational video series about some of the well known and lesser known Outer Banks sites and attractions. With a new video added every two weeks, viewers can learn about the history and sites that make the OBX a special place to live and work.
DID YOU KNOW OBX
Did you know, located just beyond the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse lies the British Cemetery in Buxton?
Did you know, located just beyond the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse lies the final resting place of two foreign sailors? On April 9, 1942 the motor vessel San Delfino, an armed British tanker was torpedoed east of Cape Hatteras. 28 of the 50 men on board perished and the remains of two of those British seamen - Fourth Engineer Michael Cairns and another unidentified sailor - washed ashore. Local citizens laid the men to rest with military honors in nearby Buxton Woods. It is in this quiet area of Buxton Woods where visitors can find the graves of the two sailors, and every year on the Thursday and Friday closest to May 11th the National Park Service, US Coast Guard, and British Royal Navy join together with visitors to honor the service of the men buried in the cemetery. The Buxton British Cemetery can be found on Lighthouse Road just past the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Be sure to like, subscribe, and follow for more “Did you know?” facts about the Outer Banks.
Did you know located just off the shore of Salvo NC rests a shipwreck?
Did you know, located just off the shore of Salvo rests a shipwreck, possibly from the civil war? The shipwreck is thought to be one of two possible ships. The first is that of the Pocahontas, a wooden paddle wheel steamer that ran ashore and became disabled during a storm on January 28, 1862 while on route to the Battle of Roanoke Island as part of the Burnside Expedition. The shipwreck is also thought by some to be a former Civil War blockade runner, where it was known as the Blunheim before it was captured, sold, and renamed the SS Richmond. It is thought to have run aground in 1866 due to a faulty compass. No matter the ship's history, it presently rest's yards from shore and is easy to locate because of the paddle wheel shaft that rises out the water. Be sure to like, subscribe, and follow for more “Did you know?” facts about the Outer Banks.
Did You Know OBX - The Kitty Hawk Pier
Did you know that originally built in 1953, the Kitty Hawk Pier has seen everything from record setting catches, catastrophic storms, and the start of countless happily ever afters? Known for its restaurant in the 1950s and 60s, the Kitty Hawk Pier was also a hot spot for state record breaking catches of fish. Serving as a memorable backdrop for many a vacation, the Pier has weathered many storms, but was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Isabell in 2003. After a significant restoration, the Pier was opened back to the public making it one of the oldest remaining coastal piers in North Carolina. Today, the pier serves as host to countless weddings and events, and is open to anglers when not in use for scheduled events. The Kitty Hawk Pier is located at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and follow for more “Did you know” facts about the Outer Banks.
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