Pocahontas: Salvo area - The Pocahontas is at the end of Sand Street in Salvo and information on it is in Gary Gentile's book. This wreck has also been referred to as the Richmond by some divers. The Pocahontas was lost during the Burnside expedition before the battle for Roanoke island and she was a wooden paddle wheel steamer. All that remains at the site is the massive steam engine parts, the shaft and one of the hubs of the paddle wheel. One end of the paddle wheel shaft sticks quite a ways up out of the water making the site fairly easy to locate the wreck which is in 10 to 15 feet of water about 75 yards out. The other end of the exposed shaft is still attached to the other paddle wheel assembly.
It is a really easy dive as long as the water is calm, and scuba is not really a requirement as it is really easy to just free dive this site. The best way to get there is to drive out on the beach at ramp 23 just past Salvo and drive North. In the summer you have to walk a little ways up the beach because the Park Service closes the beach to driving a couple hundred yards South of where the wreck is. In the off season you can drive right up to it. Local diver Marc Corbett provided the information on the Pocahontas wreck site and has dived it recently.