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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. Watch us grow!

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S.C. Maritime Museum unveils new look following renovations

On Saturday, December 2, the SCMM opened its doors to the public following months of renovation. The main attraction was the redone second floor that is now part of the museum and adds 3,600 square feet of exhibit and event space to the two-story building.

“This was something that was started years ago,” said Johnny Weaver, president of the museum’s board of directors. “This is an exciting day for us.”

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“By” a brick, preserve your place in history

A wall of nearly 300-year-old bricks recovered from the 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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New model of the largest wooden ship ever built in South Carolina

A model of the HENRIETTA, crafted by local model builders and designers Bill Brady and Ed Scott, is now on display at the newly renovated and expanded SC Maritime Museum.

The HENRIETTA was the largest wooden ship ever constructed in South Carolina. Built in Bucksville in 1874,  she was 201 feet long and the top of her mainmast was 147 feet above the deck.

The Brady/Scott model is 1/64th the size of the original and it took just as long to build.

The HENRIETTA model and corresponding pictorial exhibit is one of the first exhibits you will see upon entering the museum.

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Summer Sailing Camps for Ages 8 to 14

Registration for the 2018 Youth Sailing Camps at the SC Maritime Museum will begin on March 1, 2018 for museum members and on April 1, 2018 for non members. As always, museum members will receive priority registration and a 10% discount. The one week, half day camps are for children 8-14 years of age who are beginner and intermediate level sailors.

The camps will be held each week during June, July and the first week in August. Morning camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. Afternoon camps will be held Monday through Friday from 2 pm until 5 pm. 

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