Virtual History for Lunch-SS Atlantic

Join us (VIRTUALLY!) to learn more about the SS Atlantic! Register NOW at the bottom of the page.

Of the Liverpool passenger steamship companies on the North Atlantic in 1873, the company that gave us the Titanic was the newest and the smallest, with only six ships. But, everybody was talking about the White Star Line and their revolutionary vessels.

Then they lost SS Atlantic. It looked like they might not survive.

It was the most infamous passenger ship disaster before the Titanic, and the biggest.

The Atlantic was travelling between Liverpool and New York with almost 1,000 people aboard, when the Captain decided to divert to Halifax for fuel. It wasn't stormy. Everything was working. Qualified British officers were in control. The latest charts were on board. Of her captain, the commodore of the fleet wrote, "Men like him are very few and far between." So, how did the SS Atlantic end up on the rocks on April 1, 1873 with almost 600 dead?

After years of painstaking research, Bob Chaulk has answered the questions that have dogged historians for 150 years as they tried to figure out why this leading-edge ship was wrecked.

It took the combined errors of three officers to doom the Atlantic. You will find yourself thinking, "No wonder they lost the Titanic!"

About the presenter: Bob Chaulk is the historian for the SS Atlantic Heritage Park in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia. He is an avid scuba diver and has done many dives on the wreck of the Atlantic. Living near where the wreck occurred has given Bob access, not only to official records about the event, but also to the folklore in the local communities. Bob has tracked down many descendants of the heroic people who rescued nearly 400 survivors.

Bob is the author of five books about the sea and ships, including SS Atlantic: The White Star Line's First Disaster at Sea. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a historic seaport that hosted Britain's Royal Navy during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. His latest book about the loss of the Atlantic is with the publishers and due out in the fall of 2021—delayed by the pandemic.


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Virtual History for Lunch - H.L. Hunley Submarine Project

Learn more about the H.L. Hunley Submarine Project with Johanna Rivera-Diaz, Conservator Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation.

With her extensive background in museum and conservation/restoration work in the United States, Chile, and abroad, Johanna Rivera-Diaz joined the H.L. Hunley Submarine Project at the Warren Lasch Conservation Lab (Charleston, SC) in 2005. Assisting in the excavation of artifacts from the Hunley, her work includes the conservation and treatment of marine archaeological artifacts associated with the Civil War submarine. Johanna is manager of the Hunley collection, including photographing and cataloging artifacts. Currently, Johanna and her colleagues are conducting de-concretion work on the submarine's hull in preparation of the Hunley’s eventual move to a permanent museum setting.


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Smithsonian Traveling Water/Ways Exhibit

Americans are connected to water in ways they may not always realize. And, since water is a shared resource, water connects everyone. With compelling text, imagery, interactives, and videos, Water/Ways reveals the central nature of water in our lives by exploring a number of important questions:

  • How do Americans use water? How is water represented in our society? In what ways do we use water as a symbol?
  • How does water unite communities? How does conflict over water emerge and how do communities resolve it?
  • How does water affect the way we live, work, worship, create and play?
  • How do we care for water and sustain it for the future?

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul.

More Info: Water/Ways, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

Annual Friends Drive - January-March

Join/Renew your Annual SCMM "Friends of the Museum" Membership today!

You, your family or your business can take pride in supporting the newly expanded and improved SOUTH CAROLINA MARITIME MUSEUM located in the heart of Georgetown's historic district.


  • Museum car decal
  • Listing on the SCMM website
  • Early email notice of special events
  • Discounted admission to museum events such as "The Burning of the Socks"
  • An invitation to these exclusive events: the Wooden Boat Show Artist of the Year Reception and the Members' Christmas Boat Parade Party and other events that occur during the year
  • 10% discount in Museum store
  • 10% discounted admission to History for Lunch lecture series
  • $25 discount and priority registration for Summer Youth Sailing Camp. Single Membership = 1 camper discount / Dual membership = 2 camper discounts / Family & Business Memberships = all children or grandchildren discounts
  • 10% discount on museum rental space for Family Members. 20% discount on museum rental space for Business Members
  • Business members will be listed on the SCMM website with their logo and a link to their website
  • Family and Business Members will receive "CAMM Reciprocal Admissions” cards entitling free admission at other CAMM member museums. Visit the Council of American Maritime Museum (CAMM) member directory.

Membership contributions will go toward the Museum’s operating budget, Museum events and programs.

We need volunteers! If you would like to join our volunteer staff please contact us at 843-520-0111 or email


Membership Levels

Business | Business Members will be listed with their logo and a link to their website and will be acknowledged on our Facebook page and in e-newsletters.  | $350

Family | Two adults and up to four children (under 17 yrs. old) receiving mail at the same address | $100

Dual Person | Two people receiving mail at the same address | $75

Individual | One person only | $50

Student/Senior  | For individual full-time students or individual seniors 65 and over | $40



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Reception honoring the 31st Annual WBS Featured Artist

This event is by invitation only for museum members and guests of the 2019 Wooden Boat Show Featured Artist.



31st Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Saturday Boat Show Hours: 11 am until 6 pm
Sunday Boat Show Hours: 11 am until 4 pm

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third weekend in October – features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 130 wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction is Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Sunday is a fun-filled family oriented day that includes a Cardboard Boat Regatta, and an Opti Pram Regatta. Check our schedule of events for updates and be sure to book your stay at

The Wooden Boat Show takes place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Charles A. Bundy Award, SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel 2014
Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018


Wooden Boat for Display | Boatbuilding Competition |  Sponsorship |  Friday Night Auction Tickets 

Christmas Boat Parade Party for SCMM members & guests

SCMM members are invited to attend the annual Christmas Boat Parade Party on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

  • Watch the boat parade from the back deck of the museum. Parade begins at 6 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.



10th Annual Goat Island Regatta

This event, held on the waterfront the Friday night before the Boat Show, features live and silent auction items donated by Lowcountry merchants, artists and craftsmen, as well as first-class wardroom cuisine and imbibements. Tickets are $85 per person. You’ll not want to miss this opportunity to meet and trade sea stories with fellow seafarers. Proceeds will benefit the SC Maritime Museum. 

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Youth Sailing Camp - afternoon camp

A  five day sailing camp to be held Monday through Friday from 1 pm until 4 pm.
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Youth Sailing Camp - morning camp

A  five day sailing camp to be held Monday through Friday from 9 am until 12 noon.

For more information go HERE