The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is just a short ways beyond the Hatteras ferry terminal. Photo: C. Leinbach

HATTERAS — There’s a simple reason Mary Ellen Riddle has scheduled a series of hurricane talks at the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

“It’s the season,” she said.

The museum, located next to the Hatteras ferry terminal at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, will host “Documenting Disaster: Weather Dictates the Way of Island Life Hurricane Talk Series” from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15.

All three talks feature local photographer Daniel Pullen discussing what goes into documenting nor’easters and hurricanes, how the weather events demonstrate the power of nature and the strength of the coastal communities that live in their wake. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Riddle said the idea for the series grew out of discussions with Pullen in preparation for his “Endangered Community: The Independent Waterman Project” photo exhibit currently on display at the museum.

She was eager to continue collaborating with Pullen because of his skill behind the lens.

“His work is arresting,” she said. “Just visually, it has all the hallmarks of a great photograph.” 

Part of that impact is because he is immersed in the community he captures. He has been one of the people on the ground who help keep the community informed post-storm, Riddle said.

“He’s recording history,” she said.  “He’s been doing this for a while.  He’s kind of a go-to guy here.”

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. It is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal culture and maritime history, which includes these shipwrecks, this repository of history.

The vessels are the centerpiece of rich relationships to piracy, war, (Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars I and II), lifesaving, commerce and coastal living. It is filled with related artifacts, which include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650, objects from the USS Monitor, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the USS Huron. For more information on the museum, visit


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