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As Cold as the Night ‘Crissie Wright’ Came Ashore

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


The people of Carteret County may have heard the tale of Crissie Wright and how cold it was the night the ship foundered off Shackleford Banks, Jan. 8, 1886. But what was the real story?

Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly will present the facts of the incident, including the weather, the wreck, and the fate of the crew. Come learn about this local legend and the harrowing events that created the infamous saying “As cold as the night the Crissie Wright came ashore!”

The program is part of our Maritime Heritage Series, informal lectures held in the museum auditorium and focused on North Carolina’s rich maritime history, coastal environment, and culture. Admission is free, and registration is not required.

Registration and Refund Policy:

Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.