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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 maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown, the state’s second largest port. In 2011, with community support, the South Carolina Maritime Museum opened on the waterfront in historic downtown Georgetown.

Home to the prized Fresnel lens of the old North Island lighthouse, our mission is to create enjoyable experiences for both young people and adults by featuring exhibits, programs and events related to South Carolina’s rich and remarkable maritime history.

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The 29th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show was a great success!

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, held on October 20 and 21,  featured one of the Southeast’s finest wooden boat exhibits displayed on land and water, a boat building competition, a cardboard boat regatta, kid’s model boat building, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. Proceeds benefit the SC Maritime Museum.

It takes a lot of people to make this show happen. Thank you to this year’s featured artist Cathy Lumpkin, to our many sponsors, to more than 200 volunteers, to the exhibitors and boat builders, and to all the visitors who attended this year’s show. Join us next year, on October 19 and 20, 2019, for the 30th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.


CCU Study Addresses Harbor Silting Issue

Georgetown’s Working Waterfront is a vital place with local businesses, traditional fishery, and daily tourism. The unique historical heritage and beautiful scenery deserve to be preserved and cultivated. This part of the harbor is, however, rapidly silting up, as a consequence of an artificial short-cut dug in 1949, creating Goat Island. Dredging the harbor loop was always required and its termination in 2006 led to immediate and ongoing water shallowing.

To anticipate a significant loss for the local businesses and for its historic and scenic character, both Georgetown County and City agreed to fund a study that seeks for a lasting, sustainable, and cost-efficient solution against the massive silting issue.

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History for Lunch: November 14

Blackbeard & the Queen Anne’s Revenge will be presented David Moore, Curator of Nautical Archaeology-NC Maritime Museum-Beaufort.

A native of North Carolina, David Moore has had an interesting and adventurous career as a nautical archaeologist for over 35 years. It was during his masters studies at East Carolina University that he became interested in the whereabouts of Blackbeard’s most famous ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Ultimately, the ship was discovered in 1996 utilizing David’s research. David has investigated the wrecks of over 300 ships, ranging in date from the 16th-19th centuries, including the historically significant 17th century slave ship Henrietta Marie. David is currently the Curator of Nautical Archaeology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and subject-matter expert on the Queen Anne’s Revenge Project.

$20 for Lunch and Presentation |  $18 for Museum and OLLI Members  History for Lunch is sponsored by Andy Friedman, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Georgetown, SC

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History for Lunch: December 5

“The Fossils of South Carolina” will be presented by Matt Gibson, Curator of Natural History, The Charleston Museum.

Matt’s childhood fascination with extinct animals and fossils has led to an extensive and interesting career. He served as a museum docent as an undergrad; was a graduate and lab assistant during his time at graduate school; has been a team member at numerous fossil excavations in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee; served as a marine mammal research assistant at the Smithsonian; taught high school biology and chemistry; and most recently, has been the Curator of Natural History at The Charleston Museum since 2014. Matt has a soft spot for mosasaurs, a giant marine reptile that went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs.

$20 for Lunch and Presentation |  $18 for Museum and OLLI Members  History for Lunch is sponsored by Andy Friedman, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Georgetown, SC

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A Journey Far Into South Carolina’s Prehistoric Past

Beneath the dark waters of South Carolina’s Lowcountry waterways lie the fossil remains of creatures so fantastic, so seemingly mythical, that it’s hard to believe that they once roamed our landscape.

South Carolina’s fossil record is both abundant and unique. Fossils, our link to this ancient past, have been found for centuries in the Lowcountry. From coastal beaches, to black water rivers, exposed river banks and road cuts, and in quarries, fossils can be found everywhere along and near the ocean.

From the large to the small, Beneath Dark Waters presents just a sample of the wide variety of fossils to be discovered. Are you ready to learn more? Join us as we explore what lies beneath South Carolina’s Lowcountry waterways!

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Shipwrecks of South Carolina

On the bottom of the ocean off of South Carolina’s coast and along the banks of its many rivers are resting places for  hundreds of shipwrecks. Artifacts collected by divers, beautiful ship models and historic photographic images tell fascinating tales of war, storm, collision and neglect at South Carolina Maritime Museum’s “Shipwrecks” exhibit.

The fascinating “Shipwrecks of South Carolina” exhibit is displayed on the newly renovated second floor of the museum and can be viewed Monday through Saturday from 11 am until 5 pm. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

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“Buy” a brick, preserve your place in history

A wall of nearly 300-year-old bricks recovered from the BROWN’S FERRY VESSEL (c. 1730)  is a focal point in the newly renovated and expanded SC Maritime Museum.

The purchase of a BROWN’S FERRY brick is a rare opportunity to “truly” be part of the SC Maritime Museum. A historical brick with a commemorative inscription of the donor’s choice can be purchased for $200.

You can purchase your brick online or call Amy Rowe at the SCMM, 843-520-0111.

Bricks: $200 each, tax deductible donation to the Raise the Sails Appeal.

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Maritime Park Event Venue

Maritime Park, Georgetown SC’s newest outdoor waterfront event and wedding reception venue, is now available to rent! This venue is situated in the heart of Historic Downtown Georgetown overlooking the Harborwalk and Sampit River making it a beautiful stage for your next event.

The Park is managed by Atlantis Property Management. Please click on the link below to visit the SC Maritime Park website for contact info, rates, FAQ’s and event planning resources.