||It is the mission of the South Carolina Maritime Museum to tell the stories that are unique to South Carolina’s maritime history through photographs, documents, artifacts and interactive exhibits.
Examples of maritime history unique to our state:
- Lafayette’s first arrival in America from France aboard his ship, La Victoire on June 13, 1777 at a resort on North Island
- The search in Winyah Bay for the 1526 wreck of Spanish explorer, Lucas Vasquez de Allyon’s ship, Capitana
- The story of the earliest American sailing craft yet found, the 1740 Brown’s Ferry vessel, raised from Georgetown’s Black River
- The 1865 sinking of the Harvest Moon in Winyah Bay, the only flagship lost by Union forces during the Civil War
- Stories about South Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse, Georgetown Light, built in 1810
- The 1875 construction and subsequent adventures of the 210-foot Down-Easter, Henrietta, the largest sailing ship ever built in South Carolina
- Stories of east coast America’s last commercial, three and four-masted sailing schooners, hauling lumber from Georgetown’s Atlantic Coast Lumber Company to New York from 1899 until 1930
- Georgetown’s fishing industry, from caviar, shad and shrimp to oysters, crabs and game fish
- The exploitation of South Carolina’s pine, cypress and live oak trees for the lumber and the naval stores industries as well as shipbuilding
- The transportation of rice, indigo, tobacco, cotton and timber products on the rivers of South Carolina to Georgetown and Charleston
In order to tell these and other stories about Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort, the Palmetto State’s three oldest port cities, and to conduct sail training and boat building instruction for the children of our state, we need the generous support of citizens and visitors. Click here to learn more.