HENRIETTA exhibit travels to the Horry Co. Museum


The Horry County Museum
805 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526

R. Walter Hill, IV

HENRIETTA, the Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina
An exhibit from the South Carolina Maritime Museum is on display at the Horry County Museum

The Horry County Museum is proud to offer the South Carolina Maritime Museum’s exhibit on the construction of the Henrietta, the Buck Family, and the Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina. Told through a series of photographs, maps, and narratives, the exhibit tells the story of the construction of the Henrietta and the people and resources involved in such a massive undertaking. This exhibit is on loan from the Maritime Museum until November 2015.
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Learn more about HENRIETTA here.


February 27, 1889

The ship HENRIETTA arrived at New York on the 13th of February in a trip of 121 days from Amoy, via Cape  of Good Hope, with 30,016 hf chests and 5,241 bxs Tea, consigned to Mosic Bros. This is the largest cargo of Tea under sail, that has arrived at that port in some time. In fact, it is rare now to import any Tea into the United States under sail. There has not been a single cargo received at San Francisco under sail in nearly two years, and for the past twenty years there have not been twenty cargoes in all. Previous to that all the Tea imported at San Francisco came into port under sail. New York receives two or more cargoes, annually under sail, and about fifty by steamer. It is within the memory of many business men when all the Tea imported into the United States was brought by sailing vessels. But the clipper long ago went out of this service, never to return. The present generation has had many surprises to the ocean carrying trade, which can hardly be duplicated to their children. Possibly the steamers fifty years hence may get over the water at a more rapid rate, but the carriers of the ocean freight, then as now, will only be steamers.

(Amoy is a port city on the southeast coast of China)


April 19, 1891

The American ship HENRIETTA, lying at Sutton & Hoebo’s wharf, is, like all vessels sailing under the American flag, a model of neatness and order. Although a wooden vessel and several years in service, there is an air of cleanliness and comfort about her not to be found about a foreign ship. Her decks are smooth and polished as a tile floor, and rigging are symmetrical and always freshly painted. In her large, roomy cabin there is every evidence of care and a desire to make the surroundings as homelike as possible. This is perhaps explained by the fact that the captain on his travels is accompanied by his wife, another peculiarity of American captains, who believe in a home whether it be ashore or at sea. Three pretty little girls, the daughters of Captain Ross, also braved the dangers of a voyage around the Horn, and romp and play about the decks as happily as though their home was on terra firma.

   The HENRIETTA was built at Bucksville S. C., and is the only ship ever built in that state. She is 203 feet long, thirty-nine feet beam and twenty-two feet deep. She is registered 1203 tons. The vessel is owned by J. C. Nickels, of Searsport, ME, and was for a long time in the service between Australia and England. She has made several trips to San Francisco, but this is her first appearance at this port.