A shipwreck identified as the "Ethel", a tugboat (one of the very first) which sank off Wrightsville Beach in January, 1889. The "Ethel" was covered by hurricane Dennis and remains covered completely today..

A hole in the boiler

Midsection of stern

stern section

stern section

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curved stern section

stern section

curved stern section

The wreck was discovered Wednesday July 28, 1999 by Bill Baggett. He reported the location to Richard Lawrence of the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Richard, his son Rob, Nathan Henry, and Bill dived the wreck the following Thursday. They prelimilarly determined that the shipwreck was that of the tugboat "Ethel", which sank off of Wrightsville Beach in January, 1889.

New pictures taken in August are clearer and show more detail