Talks and Lectures


Local Heritage Program: Shipwreck! Civil War Wrecks off Our Coast

 Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time3-4 pm 

Place: Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 303 West Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Join us for this exciting new museum program!

Bring your friends, neighbors and family of all ages!

Description: An illustrated talk with artifacts, this program is geared toward all ages with artifacts that can be handled and inspected. The presenter is John Morris, head of the NC Underwater Archaeology Branch at Fort Fisher. A nautical archaeologist with more than 28 years of field experience, and degrees from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and East Carolina University, Morris has directed numerous projects both in the United States and abroad. His program will be focused on the American Civil War vessels lost in the area including a collection of artifacts from MODERN GREECE for people to handle and inspect. Mr. Morris will also discuss his experiences diving on these fascinating wrecks just off our beach.

North Carolina is home to more Civil War shipwrecks than any other state, and it is through recovered artifacts from wrecks like that of the blockade runner MODERN GREECE, that tell the adventurous story of profit, loss and what those goods meant to the home front, as well as to the front lines. In 1962 a storm uncovered remains of the MODERN GREECE, which had been assumed totally destroyed. During the next two years, researchers from what’s now our Office of Archives and History and the U.S. Navy recovered 11,500 artifacts from the MODERN GREECE shipwreck site.

For more information please call:

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, (910) 256-2569

Image:  The Modern Greece

The Modern Greece

The Modern Greece


Check out this link below to watch WWAY interview Joshua Cole about the event!