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The Salty Dawgs lecture series is held every Wednesday at 2pm. All lectures are free and open to the public.

April 2nd 
Over a Hundred Years Later, U-140's Raid on North Carolina Rages On
Maritime archaeologist, William Sassorossi reflects on WWI off the Hatteras coast and how attacks by U-140 played a role in changing a long-standing naval philosophy. He also covers the impact of General Billy Mitchell’s aerial bombing tests.

April 9th 
Why North Carolina Shipwrecks Are Amazing
Underwater archaeologist Joyce Steinmetz talks about the lure to divers and the beauty and history of the Graveyard of the Atlantic and its shipwrecks.

April 16th
NOAA National Marine Sanctuary: A Dive into Historic Shipwrecks of North Carolina
Shannon Ricles, NOAA Education and Outreach Coordinator, gives an overview of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, NOAA’s work to protect this historic shipwreck, and World War II and when the war came home in 1942 off North Carolina’s coast.

April 23rd
North Carolina’s U-boats
During the months of January through July 1942, more than seventy large tankers and freighters were sunk off the coast of North Carolina by U-boats. In this presentation Jim Bunch tells the story of the German plan, and the U-boats and captains chosen to carry it out, and the ships and crews sent to the bottom.

April 30th, July 30th, August 20th
Maritime Folk Songs
Josh Nonnenmocher performs maritime folk songs on mandolin, guitar, ukulele and melodica.

May 7th
The Story Behind the British Cemetery and World War II on Ocracoke Island
Writer Pat Garber describes the British Cemetery ceremony, and what the British Cemetery is and why it is located at Ocracoke. She discusses the U-boat attacks and the merchant ships that were destroyed, leading up to the building of the naval base.

May 14th
Ghost Ship Carroll A. Deering
On February 4, 1920, rescuers boarded Carroll A. Deering and found her deserted. North Carolina Maritime Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly looks at the events leading up to the mysterious incident and discuss the theories on what may have happened to the crew of the ship.

May 21st, August 27th & September 3rd 
Cooking Hatteras Style
Seafood diva and local Sharon Peele Kennedy will demonstrate how to cook Hatteras style seafood


May 28th 
The Wreck of Mountaineer
Marc Corbett talks about the December 25, 1852 event when the British Steamship Mountaineer ran aground at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

June 4th
How to Read a Fish
NC Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist Terri Kirby Hathaway shows us how to read a fish like a book without knowing anything about the animal!

June 11th
Outer Banks Shipwrecks
The Outer Banks, often called the "Graveyard of The Atlantic", has an amazing array of shipwrecks from the wrecks of early sailing ships to German submarines. Marc Corbett show us what these wrecks look like underwater.

June 18th
The Enigma Machine
In this fascinating program Jim Bunch describes the research, diving, discovery, and recovery of the Enigma Machine.

June 25th, July 23rd, & August 6th
Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea
JR Shanty Co, comprised of wife and husband team Julianne Laird and Richard Workman, is an instrumental and vocal folk duo, which performs traditional sea shanties and songs of the sea on cello and guitar.

July 2nd 
Endangered Community: The Independent Waterman Project
Hatteras Island native, Daniel Pullen talks about The Independent Waterman Project Photography Exhibit where he used his photographs as educational tools to effectively inform the public about the life and work of North Carolina independent watermen, and to advocate for their protection and preservation as an indispensable North Carolina community.

July 9th
A Pirate’s Life
Blackbeard comes to life as living history interpreter Chris Suttle enthralls the audience with first-person tales and weaponry demonstrations.

July 16th
“Project Nutmeg: How the Outer Banks Almost Wasn’t”
Archivist Stuart Parks II, from the Outer Banks History Center, relates the tale of the U.S. Government’s attempt to test nuclear bombing at Hatteras Island after World War II.

August 13th
U-Boat War
During the months of January through July 1942, more than seventy large tankers and freighters were sunk off the coast of North Carolina. Jim Bunch tells the story of the German plan, the U-boats and captains chosen to carry it out, and the ships and crews sent to the bottom.

September 10, 2 p.m.
Every Object Tells A Story
Join National Park Service Historian Jami Lanier for a discussion about the Outer Banks Group museum collection that includes objects ranging from a Stone Age Walrus Skull to pieces of the original Wright Flyer that accompanied Neil Armstrong to the moon!

September 17th
But, I Left Them Right Here!: Theories of the Lost Colony
Archivist Stuart Parks II, from the Outer Banks History Center, recounts the tale of the Lost Colony and touches on the numerous theories to their fate.

September 24th
Shore Wrecks of the Outer Banks
Since ships have been sailing to North America, they have been wrecking on the shores of the Outer Banks. Marc Corbett shares a look at the wrecks that lie just off our coast!