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Lost to the Minefield: The Wreck of F.W. Abrams off Cape Hatteras, NC

Author(s): Chelsea R. Freeland

Year: 2017

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The U.S. Merchant Marine provided a necessary supply line to Allied troops through the entirety of WWII. In June 1942, the crude oil tanker F.W. Abrams fell victim to the Hatteras minefield, a defensive mechanism meant to protect U.S. merchant vessels. The ship struck three mines before sinking just off the coast of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. In May 2016, the Battle of the Atlantic Research Expedition Group began a Phase I survey of the site, primarily to corroborate or compare to historical sources on the operational history of the vessel and the circumstances of its loss. This paper will briefly describe the results of both that historical research and the data collected during the archaeological survey.

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Lost to the Minefield: The Wreck of F.W. Abrams off Cape Hatteras, NC. Chelsea R. Freeland. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435626)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 580

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America