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HENRIETTA was the largest wooden sailing ship built in S.C. To read more and watch the documentary: CLICK HERE


Since December 2011
11am – 5pm,  Monday – Saturday

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.


Join the Friends of the Lens to support the Georgetown Lighthouse lens exhibit. CLICK HERE


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. Learn more and donate:  CLICK HERE

Win This Boat 2

Win this lightweight, 12′ semi-dory built for the SCMM by  our friend, Mark Bayne. To learn more: CLICK HERE


You could win this  John Gardner designed 12 foot semi-dory. It’s  light weight and car-top-able, built from  Marine grade plywood, with juniper frames and a teak rubrail ($4200 value).  To learn more: CLICK HERE

Our long-time friend, Mark Bayne built this boat to help raise funds for the SCMM. Mark has built over 100 wooden boats and has restored countless others at his shop, Sea Island Shipwrights, in the Charleston area. A signature achievement of Mark’s was was the building of the 140 ft. schooner, SPIRIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, launched in 2007.  Presently Mark is the boatbuilding instructor at Cape Fear Tech (Wilmington, NC) where he attended the very first boatbuilding course back in 1978-79. Thank you, Mark Bayne!

North Island Lighthouse

North Island Light

Fifth Order Fresnel Lens


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