Wooden Ships On Winyah Bay

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Wooden Ships on Winyah Bay is a unique collection of photographs taken during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing commercial wooden sailing and steam-powered ships that transported lumber when Georgetown was a major lumber port with the largest lumber mill in the eastern United States. Other photographs show wooden steamboats that hauled cargo and passengers to and from plantations along the rivers feeding into Winyah Bay. There are also photographs of the wooden yachts of wealthy owners and the wooden commercial fishing boats of the past that used Winyah Bay and Georgetown as a port.

Much of the fascinating history described in Wooden Ships on Winyah Bay occurred before the arrival of photography. Evidence of Native Americans along its shores, the sixteenth century arrival and departure of Spanish gold seekers, the building and sinking of the first locally built vessel discovered in America, the start of African American rice culture and plantation slave history, the Revolutionary War French aristocrat Lafayette’s first night in America, the sinking in Winyah Bay of a Civil War Union flagship, and other early events are chronicled in the text.