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New Bern, NC 28562
Hitler declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, 1941 – four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. German U-boats soon began crossing the Atlantic and sinking American ships along the North Carolina coast. Some of these attacks were within sight of coastal residents. By August of that year, three of these boats – U-85, U-701, and U-352 were also sunk within 20 miles of the North Carolina mainland. Oceanographer, scuba diver and author Jim Bunch will discuss this turbulent period in our history, Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm at the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center as this year’s Richard K. Lore Lecture for the New Bern Historical Society.
Specializing in Oceanography, Jim Bunch earned degrees in marine biology from the University of Miami and from Old Dominion Institute of Oceanography. He worked as an oceanographer for the federal government for many years. Currently, he is Recreational Diving Chair for NOAA’s Monitor Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. As part of his work, he recently explored the three U-boats located just off the NC coast and is involved in planning their future placement in the Register of Historic Places. An active scuba instructor for 20 years, he has certified hundreds of divers interested in visiting North Carolina shipwrecks. His most recent book, U-Boats Off the Outer Banks: Shadows in the Moonlight, about submarines stalking their prey off the North Carolina coast in 1942, was published in July 2017.
The Dr. Richard K. Lore Lecture is presented annually by the New Bern Historical Society as a free event for all those interested in area history. It is in memory of and is named for the Society’s long-time historian.
Join the New Bern Historical Society and hear this fascinating speaker, Sunday, November 12th for this free event. No tickets or reservations are necessary. This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society in partnership with Tryon Palace and is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission: FREE & Open to the Public!