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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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History for Lunch: January 16 at noon

Please join us Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at noon to hear Dr. Nic Butler present Privateers on the South Carolina Coast in the 1740s! The War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-48) transformed the coast of South Carolina into a hotbed of privateer activity involving a multitude of British, Spanish, and French vessels of varying shapes and sizes. Although maritime scholars have largely ignored this aspect of the war, the extant documentary sources contain a wealth of information about the ships and the men who plied these waters in the 1740s.

History for Lunch is sponsored by Andy Friedman, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Georgetown, SC

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The Burning of the Socks: March 21

The South Carolina Maritime Museum invites you to usher in the coming of spring and the arrival of boating season at the 8th Annual Burning of the Socks on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. In addition to the sock burning festivities, there will be a “TBA” Cookoff with Georgetown restaurants competing, raffles and door prizes, beer, wine, liquor, and live music.

The sock burning tradition began in the mid-1980s at a boatyard in Annapolis, Maryland. There, Captain Bob Turner, who managed the boatyard, got tired of winter weather. While working on boats all winter, his socks collected sawdust, bottom paint, caulk, and other boatyard leavings. In other words, his socks would stand up when he took them off at night. One year, on the first day of Spring, he took off his socks, put them in a paint tray, sprinkled on some lighter fluid, lit them, and then had a beer to celebrate. And so the tradition began, and there are now sock burnings in coastal communities across the country.

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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.

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