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Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals: the Mystery of the Carroll A. Deering

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In the misty dawn of January 31, 1921, a Coast Guardsman on watch at the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station sighted a mighty five-masted schooner, all sails set, wrecked on the treacherous Diamond Shoals. Rescuers rushed to the ship, but when they arrived they found the Carroll A. Deering deserted, with no trace of the captain, Willis B. Wormell, or the crew. When, several months later, a bottle was found on a nearby beach, purportedly containing a note from a crew member who ascribed the schooner's fate to its capture by pirates, a sensational panic in international shipping ensued. The captain's daughter successfully lobbied for a federal investigation, but months of inquiry failed to turn up either the missing crew or a reason for the ship's demise. To this day, the fate of the Deering has remained one of the greatest mysteries of maritime history.

Bland Simpson assembles the known facts into a compelling reconstruction of the Carol A. Deering's final voyage and its baffling aftermath. Using contemporary sources including newspapers, FBI reports, ship's logs, and personal and official correspondence, he weaves together historical narrative with the voices of key participants in the drama. Simpson's haunting chronicle keeps the story of the Deering alive, an apt memorial to the ghost ship and its lost crew.

Synopsis:

Simpson assembles the facts of the mysterious shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina in 1921 which to this day remains one of the greatest mysteries of maritime history. Using contemporary sources including newspapers, FBI reports, ship's logs, and personal and official correspondence, he weaves together historical narrative with the voices of key participants in the drama.

About the Author

Bland Simpson is author of Into the Sound Country, The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey, The Great Dismal, and Heart of the Country. A member of the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, Simpson has collaborated on such musicals as King Mackerel and The Blues Are Running, Kudzu, and Broadway and international hit Fool Moon. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Part One. The Shoals

Part Two. The Ship

Part Three. The Search and Beyond

Epilogue

Chronology

From the Deck Logs of the Light Vessels at Frying Pan Shoals, Lookout Shoals, and Diamond Shoals,from January 23rd-31st, 1921

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856178
Author:
Simpson, Bland
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
shipwreck; Diamond Shoals; disappearance; Outer Banks; Lula Wormell; Herbert Hoover; Lawrence Richey; merchant ships; pirates; Christopher Columbus Gray; Gardiner Deering; boatbuilding; Prohibition; rumrunning; W. O. Saunders; Elizabeth City, North Caroli
Subject:
Shipwreck
Subject:
Diamond Shoals
Subject:
disappearance
Subject:
Outer Banks
Subject:
Lula Wormell
Subject:
Herbert Hoover
Subject:
Lawrence Richey
Subject:
Merchant ships
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Christopher Columbus Gray
Subject:
Gardiner Deering
Subject:
Boatbuilding
Subject:
Prohibition
Subject:
rumrunning
Subject:
W. O. Saunders
Subject:
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Subject:
Hatteras Island
Subject:
Carroll Atwood Deering
Subject:
Captain Willis Wormell
Subject:
Nautical-Shipwrecks
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Subject:
Lawrence Ric
Subject:
hey
Subject:
Lula Wormel
Subject:
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Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , Simpson assembles the facts of the mysterious shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina in 1921 which to this day remains one of the greatest mysteries of maritime history. Using contemporary sources including newspapers, FBI reports, ship's logs, and personal and official correspondence, he weaves together historical narrative with the voices of key participants in the drama.
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