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 the acquisition of our own facility, the South Carolina Maritime Museum opened in its permanent home, on the waterfront at the corner of Front and Broad Streets 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. Come join us at our new waterfront home and watch us grow!

Hours: 11am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday
Admission: Free – Donations Appreciated

Fresnel Lens Reception

History for Lunch – An opportunity to make your lunch time fascinating

Wednesday, November 11 at Noon
The H. L. Hunley: A lunch talk with Ralph Wilbanks

Ralph Wilbanks has over 35 years experience as an underwater archaeologist. He has worked all over the world in search of lost maritime treasures and is an advisory board member of Clive Cussler’s National Underwater Maritime Agency (NUMA). Wilbanks led the team that raised the Brown’s Ferry Vessel from the Black River in 1976 and he was on the NUMA team that discovered and raised the Hunley from off the coast of Sullivan’s Island in 1995.

Tickets for this event are limited and may be purchased at the SC Maritime Museum or by calling 843-520-0111. To learn more and purchase tickets online click on the link below.

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“The most important singe nautical discovery in the United States to date”

The Brown’s Ferry Vessel was discovered in the early 1970s, by diver Hampton Shuping, at a depth of 20 feet in the Black River near Brown’s Ferry Landing.

Historians date the time of its sinking to between 1730 and 1740. This period is about 50 years earlier than previous American shipbuilding discoveries, and in 1979 Professor J.Richard Steffy of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M said it was, “…the most important single nautical discovery in the United States to date.”

The vessel’s remains, and research by Dr. Fred Hocker, helped Edward Scott produce plans for re-creating a full model. William Brady constructed the model and now, for the first time, people can see an accurate model of the vessel.

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Win This Boat! A John Martin handcrafted Pirogue

The Pirogue is a Bayou Classic watercraft that has served the watermen of the Louisiana Bayou for over two centuries. This light, shallow draft boat can be paddled or poled with ease. Hunters, fishermen, and outdoorsmen prefer the Pirogue because it glides silently through swamps and narrow passages. Fly fishermen have adopted the craft for saltwater flats fishing because of its quiet, stable disposition.

John Martin is an award winning specialty boatbuilder located in Cottageville, SC.

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