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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Could it be a shipwreck never before caught on camera? A local surfer might have found one yesterday while fishing at the south end of Wrightsville Beach.

After diving down with a camera, this fishing trip turned into the discovery of a lifetime.

“Kind of looked a lot closer, and could see a real large, kind of almost like a shackle it looked like down there,” Kenny Hand said of the discovery. “And I landed the fish, investigated a little more, and said I had to come on back out.”

As of right now, it’s unclear exactly which ship it is. According to the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch, there are several wrecks in that general area, mainly blockade runners from the Civil War.

We’ll investigate more coming up in Marking History Tuesday.

[Underwater video by Nick Rasmussen]

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  • Melody Rasmussen

    Underwater video by Nicholas Rasmussen

  • Guest33

    There are 3 Blockade runners on the bottom – between Crystal Pier & the jettie. The most famous is the Fanny & Jenny.
    I wonder if this one is the one that is just north on jetty (100′)
    about 1/3 of the way out from shore.

  • Guest2020

    I saw this on the broadcast last night and got a kick out of that fella. I like that he threw in there that he landed the fish. Otherwise, it would have been just a new twist on an old tale about the one that got away.


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