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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 rich maritime history of South Carolina and the Port of Georgetown, the state’s second largest seaport.

Now, with the acquisition of our own facility, the South Carolina Maritime Museum has opened in its permanent home, on the waterfront at the corner of Front and Broad Streets in Georgetown.

Since December 2011
11am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday
Free Admission – Donations Appreciated

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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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Mac McAlister

The South Carolina Maritime Museum

With a backdrop of brick walls and canvas partitions, the HENRIETTA’S story is told in a series of photos, maps, paintings, diagrams and narratives. Museum volunteer and author, Robert “Mac” McAlister, with help from his wife, Mary, designed the rustically attractive exhibit.

His book published in 2011, “Wooden Ships on Winyah Bay,” discusses the HENRIETTA, and his recently published book, “The Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina: Nineteenth-Century Shipbuilding & the Devastation of Lowcountry Virgin Forests,” goes into even more detail about this dramatic historic event.

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