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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

In 1996, the Harbor Historical Association launched a dream to create a museum that would celebrate the maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown, the state’s second largest port. In 2011, with community support, the South Carolina Maritime Museum opened on the waterfront in historic downtown Georgetown.

Home to the prized Fresnel lens of the old North Island lighthouse, our mission is to create enjoyable experiences for both young people and adults by featuring photographs, documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits related to South Carolina’s rich and remarkable maritime history.

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Community Open House

On Saturday, December 2 the doors will open on the newly renovated and expanded South Carolina Maritime Museum.

The Community Open House will begin at 10 am with a festive Ribbon Cutting by the Museum Board and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. The open house will continue until 2 pm.

New exhibits on the Maritime Museum’s first floor and the expansive “Shipwrecks of South Carolina” exhibit on the new second floor will be featured. Historians familiar with the many exhibits in the museum will be on hand to bring history to life.

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Members’ Christmas Boat Parade Party

SCMM members are invited to attend the fifth annual Christmas Boat Parade Party on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

  • Watch the boat parade from the back deck of the museum. Parade begins at 6 pm.
  • Enjoy chili, snacks and libations provided by museum board members.
  • Browse the Museum Gift Shop: 10% discount for members.

This event is free for our members. New members are welcome. Dress is casual.  Please click on the link below to RSVP. 

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“Buy” a brick, preserve your place in history

A Commemorative “Wall of Bricks” will be a focal point in the renovations of the SC Maritime Museum.

This is a rare opportunity to “truly” be part of the SC Maritime Museum. Unique historical bricks recovered from THE BROWN’S FERRY VESSEL will comprise this select section of the wall and will display a commemorative notation of donor’s choice on their purchased brick.

Purchase online here or call Amy Rowe at the SCMM, 843-520-0111.

Bricks: $200 each, tax deductible donation to the Raise the Sails Appeal.

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View a model of the largest wooden ship ever built in South Carolina

A beautiful model of the HENRIETTA has been crafted by local model builders and designers, Bill Brady and Ed Scott.

The Henrietta was the largest wooden ship ever built in South Carolina. Built in Bucksville in 1874,  she was 201 feet long and the top of her mainmast was 147 feet above the deck.

The model is 1/64th the size of the original and it has taken just as long to build. It will be installed at the end the summer after the renovation and enlargement of the SCMM has been completed.

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Summer Sailing Camps for Ages 8 to 14

Registration for the 2018 Youth Sailing Camps at the SC Maritime Museum will begin on March 1, 2018 for museum members and on April 1, 2018 for non members. As always, museum members will receive priority registration and a 10% discount. The one week, half day camps are for children 8-14 years of age who are beginner and intermediate level sailors.

The camps will be held each week during June, July and the first week in August. Morning camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. Afternoon camps will be held Monday through Friday from 2 pm until 5 pm. 

Instruction will take place at the SC Maritime Museum, in the park beside the museum, and on the water. Sailboats will put in at the City docks beside the museum. Class size will be limited to 10 campers per session. Campers will learn to sail the Optimist Pram (Opti), a small, extremely stable sailboat designed for teaching young people to sail. 

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