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Mystery grows around shipwreck that resurfaces in the Outer Banks

HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. — A mystery has resurfaced in the Outer Banks after a shipwreck started to appear over the summer on the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

According to the National Park Service, the “shipwreck skeleton” shows up every so often. It appeared this summer and again this month.

It’s been tough identifying where the ship came from, even for experts. It’s drawn a growing amount of interest on social media.

One hypothesis from the North Carolina Maritime Museum is that it’s the schooner Joseph Rudd, which wrecked on the shoals back on March 22, 1890. All seven people on board were saved by surfmen from Station Cape Lookout, the museum said.

North Carolina’s coastline is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, WTVD reports. It’s is home to thousands of shipwrecks, and historians have identified, profiled and mapped many of them.

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