Coral and sponges disguise the hidden ballast stones underneath. The amount and collection of artifacts here is out of this world; barrel hoops, wine bottles (often occupied by sail fin blennies), pottery, anchors and a cannon form the museums main collection.
Our favorite has to be the grappling hook we found though. A grappling hook is a device with multiple hooks (flukes), attached to a rope. Grappling hooks were used in naval warfare to catch ship rigging so that it could be boarded. What’s even more fascinating is that one of its flukes holds a human pelvic bone. Blackbeard himself maybe? Anne Bonny? The debate continues. Hundreds of yellow bricks are scattered over the ocean floor here as well, the same bricks made in Holland used to construct our historic building.
It is not just the history that makes this dive site unique. The marine life here is in a league of it’s own. Fingerprint cyphoma, octopus, squid, scorpion fish, seahorses and frogfish are all regulars at this underwater museum.