New book explores North Island history

by Clayton Stairs cstairs@southstrandnews.com Above, Robert “Mac” McAlister stands inside the S.C. Maritime Musuem in front of the Fresnel bulb that lit the Georgetown Lighthouse for a century....


Lighthouse lovers from 14 states visited Georgetown

Drawn by the light By Jason Lesley Coastal Observer Photos by Tanya Ackerman Lighthouse lovers from 14 states visited Georgetown and the South Carolina Maritime Museum Sunday [May 3, 2015] to see...


HENRIETTA exhibit travels to the Horry Co. Museum

PRESS RELEASE The Horry County Museum 805 Main Street Conway, SC 29526 R. Walter Hill, IV Director hillr@horrycounty.org HENRIETTA, the Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina An...


Steamboats! A new exhibit

NEW EXHIBIT AT THE SOUTH CAROLINA MARITIME MUSEUM A new exhibit about steamboats on the rivers leading into Georgetown opened at the South Carolina Maritime Museum on March 21, 2015. The exhibit...


2014 Wooden Boat Show Intercept Survey

Here are the results of the 2014 Wooden Boat Show Intercept Survey conducted by the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with Lauren Joseph, Tourism Marketing Director for Georgetown...


Museum guests honor Harvest Moon sinking, maritime tradition

by Taylor Griffith South Strand News One hundred fifty years ago last Sunday, March 1, 1865, there was an explosion out on Winyah Bay. The USS Harvest Moon, a sidewheel steamer gunboat, hit a mine in...


History: Sunken Union flagship marks 150 years

By Charles Swenson, 
Coastal Observer There was fog on Winyah Bay. Fog among the live oaks and silent guns of Battery White. Fog in Georgetown. At 7:15 a.m., the USS Harvest Moon weighed anchor...


The light stuff: Georgetown Lighthouse lens is beacon for exhibit

By Jason Lesley Coastal Observer Like a jeweler putting a diamond into a setting, Joe Cocking lifted the sparkling Fresnel lens from the Georgetown lighthouse into its display at the South Carolina...


Georgetown lighthouse lens returning home

by Debbie Merlo, for The Sun News, May 1, 2014 A piece of Georgetown’s history will be on display at 729 Front St. in Georgetown as early as June. The Fresnel lens, a glass enclosure designed to...


Bring Back the Light

The lighthouse on North Island is the oldest operating lighthouse in South Carolina and one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the United States. The eighty-foot conical brick tower was completed...