Fort Ocracoke Submerged Archaeological Site
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1)- The corner of the breakwater on the southeastern side of the fort. This pre-existing breakwater was built up to keep the fort walls from washing away as, in summer of 1861 they were losing a foot of height a day!
2)- The monument erected to commemorate the fort, during our 3rd year of work on the site. Our work had identified the fort site and put Ocracoke on the National Civil War Trail!
3)- Large concentrations of pottery still exist on the site and will be left in situ as part of an underwater museum if that is to be allowed. Take only pictures, leave only bubbles!
4)- The project "poster artifact", a large piece of the Park Scenery pottery as "vidcapped" by our partners at Nautilus Productions. There is a possibility of a documentary production on one of the major networks. More to come...
5)- The 1st National Confederate Flag flies over Fort Ocracoke for the first time since 1861 on a temporary flagpole placed by SIDCO divers. A long term flag is not practical with heavy winds and storms. The pole has been removed now that the project is finished.
6)- This is a broken bottom, 3OKI103, of a "black" wine bottle dating around 1807, notice the blue tint left by the heat of the fires that destroyed Fort Ocracoke.
7)- Artifact 3OKI105, an intact bottle neck is made of black glass and dates to 1807 or so (Hume Chart).
8)- 3OKI003, a full maker's mark that led to the discovery of the Park Scenery design and its origins.
9)- C2, a "concretion" of artifacts recovered near Datum 1 on the breakwater proper. There were two of these and after C1 was broken down it contained over 150 artifact ranging from pottery to glass.
10)- A number of the diagnostic artifacts on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort during a temporary setting there in summer 1998.
The "Red Bull" or Park Scenery research (click here to download the MS Word document):
Fort Ocracoke was built after the design of the fort at the battle of Sebastopol and would resemble one of the two designs below. One is a field fort, and one is a star fort.
Fort drawings courtesy of www.civilwarfortifications.com
The fort was built by 300-400 free black men, along with the soldiers and engineers. Very often, we have found items on the site that showed excelsior workmanship and a great pride in the job. For instance, some of the brickwork in the mouth of the cistern which form a round opening, were built using bricks cut in thirds!