9th Annual Burning of the Socks / Sock Drive

9th Annual Burning of the Socks 

The South Carolina Maritime Museum invites you to usher in the coming of spring and the arrival of boating season at the 9th Annual Burning of the Socks on Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.

In addition to the sock burning festivities, we will be accepting new socks to be donated to Friendship Place. Come join us as we gather with friends and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

The Burning of the Socks 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.

Tickets for this “fun”raiser are $25 for "Friends of the Museum" and $30 for non (but soon-to-be) members. All proceeds will benefit the SC Maritime Museum.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the South Carolina Maritime Museum at 843-520-0111 OR purchase tickets online at the link(s) below.

Purchase tickets for Burning of the Socks:

"Friends of the Museum" Click HERE 

Non-members Click HERE

History at Lunch - Browns Ferry

Join us at noon on Wednesday, January 26, as we welcome a trio of guest speakers presenting on the discovery, recovery, and re-creation, of one of the most important maritime discoveries in the United States, the Brown’s Ferry Vessel (BFV). Underwater archaeologist Ralph Wilbanks, model maker Bill Brady, and local artist Danny McLaughlin, will each discuss their roles in bringing the BFV “back to life.”

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

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History at Lunch - May 16, 2022


Carolina Shipyards: Labor, Lumber, Logistics, and Ladies

Dr. Lynn Harris will present on the colonial/antebellum histories of the Hobcaw (Mount Pleasant) and Mars Bluff (near Florence) shipyards. Learn about the important role these shipyards played in South Carolina’s early history. Discover what artifacts were discovered at the archaeological sites and what life was like for enslaved shipyard works.

REGISTER HERE $20/ticket

Invitation Only Preview of New Exhibit

The South Carolina Maritime Museum and The Collaborative Committee of Across Time and Many Waters: South Carolina's Afro-Carolinian Maritime World will host an invitation only preview of this new exhibit highlighting the Afro-Carolinian maritime history.

December 2, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Collaborative Committee:

Ron Daise Susan Davis
Vanessa Greene Marilyn Hemingway
Justin McIntyre Vennie Deas Moore
Hope McFaddin Carolyn Pyatt
Paige Sawyer Julie Warren
Bob Willey Steve Williams


Friends Christmas Party & Boat Parade

SCMM Friends are invited to attend the annual Christmas Boat Parade Party on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

  • Watch the boat parade from the back deck of the museum. Parade begins at 7 pm.
  • Enjoy chili, snacks and libations provided by museum board members.
  • Browse the Museum Gift Shop: 10% discount for members
  • This event is free for our members. New members are welcome. Dress is casual.


History at Home-Slave Ship HARE



A special History at Home returns at 12pm on Wednesday, April 27, with Professor Sean Kelley as he presents on the 1754-1755 voyage of the slave ship Hare.

The subject of his interesting and tragic book The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina, Sean will reveal the details of the transatlantic slave from Africa. How was an ordinary Rhode Island sloop transformed into a floating dungeon? What happened to the Hare along the African coast? Where did the enslaved Africans go after they were sold at Charlestown? Learn the answers from the comfort of home/work or at the museum.

The presentation will be available at no charge for those viewing it from home/work. If interested in watching the presentation at the museum on our screen, a light lunch will be served for a small fee (seating limited). Register below or call 843-520-0111.

GUEST SPEAKER – Professor Sean Kelley

Sean is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Essex (England). His research interests include New World slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Sean is also the UK Principal Investigator for the Documenting Africans in Transatlantic Slavery (DATAS) Project. Along with his absorbing book The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina, Sean also wrote Los Brazos de Dios: A Plantation Society in the Texas Borderlands, 1821-1865, and has another book, this one focused on
the slave trade to the United States, schedule for publication in 2023.



Night of Knowledge - May 16, 2022


Patroons and Periaguas of the Lowcountry: Creole Maritime Archaeology

This evening talk is based on Dr. Lynn Harris’ book Patroons and Periaguas: Enslaved Watermen and Watercraft of the Lowcountry. Learn why enslaved patroons were vital to the economic well-being of South Carolina’s plantations. What types of watercraft did Afro-Carolinian patroons operate? How did their abilities as skilled mariners enable them to go places and do things most enslaved individuals of the Lowcountry could not? Join us as we learn all this and more!



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GUEST SPEAKER – Dr. Lynn Harris

Dr. Lynn Harris (PhD. University of South Carolina) has worked as a maritime historian and underwater archaeologist for over 40 years in South Africa, Namibia, Costa Rica, North and South Carolina. Harris joined ECU in 2008 and currently is a Professor at the Program of Maritime Studies in the History Department at East Carolina University, one of a handful of programs in the world that trains graduate students as underwater archaeologists. Harris leads annual maritime archaeology fieldwork expeditions in the US and abroad, and teaches courses in shipwreck archaeology, maritime heritage of the North Carolina Outer Banks, African and Caribbean maritime history and archaeology, and Coastal Cultural Resource
Management. Harris has collaborated with interdisciplinary teams of colleagues on summer study abroad programs to Africa, and grant projects on coastal and inland waterway topics. She is co-Director of the ECU Coastal and Marine Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, Chair of the North Maritime History Council and serves on the Africa to Carolina Advisory Board. She was invited as a speaker to represent ECU in the NC event series Trowel Blazers: Women Making History. Harris received several professional awards for fieldwork photography from
the Society for Historical Archaeology and served as a consultant for National Geographic Documentary “Drain the Oceans” on slave ship history and underwater archaeology. Amongst others - she is author of the book Patroons and Periaguas: Enslaved Watermen and Watercraft of the South Carolina Lowcountry, and editor of a compiled volume Seaports and Sea Power: African Maritime Landscapes. Journal articles, amongst others, include one titled “African Canoe to Plantation Crew: Tracing African Memory and Legacy” in Coriolis: Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies (2014) that won the annual journal writers award. Another was “The Special Signal Services (SSS) Women and the Native Military Corps: Operators and Guards at the WWII Secret Radar Station of the Western Cape, South Africa.


History at Home-Scottish Blockade Runner in American Civil War


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Greetings maritime history lovers! Join us at noon on Wednesday, November 10, for our History for Lunch program via Zoom live from Scotland. This event will feature guest speaker John F. Messner, Curator for Transport & Technology at Glasgow Museums (Riverside Museum), along the banks of the Clyde River. John is the author of the new book, A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War: Joannes Wyllie of the Steamer Ad-Vance. Grab a sandwich, some chips, and your favorite beverage, and listen as John recounts the once-forgotten story of Scottish-born mariner Joannes Wyllie and his career sailing the world and in particular, his time as a master and captain aboard blockade runners during the Civil War.

From beginning to end, Wyllie served aboard one of the most successful blockade runners of the Civil War, the Ad-Vance. Hear about Wyllie’s near-fatal mishap prior to the war. Find out what happened to the Ad-Vance. Was she sunk by the Union blockading fleet? Captured? Quietly retired? Learn what happened when Wyllie and the blockade runner Deer attempted to enter Charleston at the end of the war. Lastly, find out what a former blockade running captain does once the shooting stops and the side wheels go silent. So join us on November 10 to hear more about the exciting exploits of Joannes Wyllie presented by John Messner!

Along with being a curator at Glasgow Museums, John was part of the project team for the Riverside Museum-Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, winner of the European Museum of the Year 2013. In 2015 he co-curated a display about Glasgow’s role in the American Civil War which led to his work on the life of Joannes Wyllie.

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is a graduate of Butler University, Indianapolis and received his MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University, England.  He now lives with his family in Ayrshire, Scotland.


Excited for 32nd annual show with exhibitors, vendors, boat building, children events and corregated regatta !!