Fresnel Lens Reception

The South Carolina Maritime Museum

In 1996 the Harbor Historical Association launched a dream to create a museum that would celebrate the rich maritime history of South Carolina and the Port of Georgetown, the state’s second largest seaport. 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 Georgetown. Watch us grow!

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


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Steamboats Exhibit 

During the late 1800s until around 1915 commercial steamboats carried naval stores, rice and cotton bales down the Pee Dee, Black, Waccamaw, Sampit and Santee rivers to Georgetown. The exhibit features a model of the famous PLANTER steamboat; the construction of the model was partially funded by a grant from the South Carolina State Ports Authority. Forty photographs of steamboats that were once the lifeline of towns along the rivers are also exhibited.

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Steamboat copy

History For Lunch: An opportunity to make your lunchtime fascinating!

Sponsored by Andy Friedman, Edward Jones – Financial Advisor, 306 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 (843) 545-5535

Friday, March 20 at noon  Sold Out!
The Planter Arrives: Lunch talk with model boat builder Dennis Cannady

Wednesday, May 13 at noon  Sold Out!
Cape Romain Lighthouses: Lunch talk with local historian Tommy Graham

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Summer sailing camp for ages 8-14
Don’t miss the boat – register now!

March 1 – Registration for SCMM members begins. Member fee is $180.

April 1 – Registration will open to all. Non-member fee is $200.



John Martin Boats

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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Join the Friends of the Lens

Georgetown is home to South Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse which was built in 1811. Through the efforts of the S.C. Maritime Museum and the U.S. Coast Guard, her Fresnel lens has been returned to Georgetown from a USCG facility in Miami, FL. This 5th order Fresnel lens, which guided ships from the Atlantic Ocean into Winyah Bay for over 100 years, is the SCMM’s most significant acquisition to date and the centerpiece of our exhibits.

Please help us with the costs for bringing this beautiful lens back home to Georgetown, exhibiting it properly, maintaining it, and protecting it.

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Our HENRIETTA exhibit is now on display at the Horry County Museum!

The South Carolina Maritime Museum is pleased to loan our exhibit of photographs and images of the ship HENRIETTA, the Buck Family and the Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina to the Horry County Museum. The exhibit will be on display until November 2015. For more info about the Horry County Museum visit: horrycountymuseum.org

Watch our video about the Lumber Boom and learn more about HENRIETTA, the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in South Carolina.  Click on the link below.

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