37th out of 152 books — 107 voters
Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast
by David Stick
This is a factual account, written in the pace of fiction, of hundreds of dramatic losses, heroic rescues, and violent adventures at the stormy meeting place of northern and southern winds and waters -- the Graveyard of the Atlantic off the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published August 11th 1989 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published June 14th 1952)
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Name of State (USA): North Carolina - South Dakota
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I really enjoyed this book, which is a history of shipwrecks off the NC coast pretty much since they've been recorded. The author does a great job of creating narrative in some places, but just recounts facts in others. There is a nice since of progression though, looking at how lifesaving techniques, sailing trends and other things affected life on the Outer Banks and for those sailing alongside.
Just the kind of book to read on a rainy day looking out over a leaden sea and just loving being at the beach. This boot really catches the flair and the life and death struggle that occurred off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Dr. Stick has done an excellent job in putting these stories together... Very good read!