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Marine Fisheries


Find History of Sunken Vessels
on North Carolina’s Artificial Reefs

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For over 75 years, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has helped build artificial reefs for the public. Mainly used for recreational purposes, like fishing and diving, these artificial reefs contain more history than one may think. Most of these reefs contain marl, concrete pipe, and reef balls, but some comprise much more. In addition to the thousands of tons of rock and rubble placed in the reefs, the Division of Marine Fisheries sinks vessels. Most of these vessels are out of commission, but still bring their own bit of history to the Carolina coast.

These vessels include barges, fishing boats, trawlers, sailboats, and dredges, as well as larger vessels, such as the World War II Liberty and Assault Transport ship Yancey. The Yancey is an Assault Transport vessel commissioned in Iwo Jima, The Korean War, and the Cuban missile crisis. Yancey also received five battle stars from the Pacific theater — in World War II and the Cuban Missile Crisis — and now she rests at the bottom of Artificial Reef AR-302. Yancey is not the only vessel with a story; every vessel sunk by the Artificial Reef Program has one. Sadly, some of the stories have been lost over time, but these Artificial Reef Historic Pages give a snapshot of what is known about the vessels, including photographs, used to build artificial reefs off the North Carolina coast.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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