History at Home-Scottish Blockade Runner in American Civil War
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm


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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.

Invitation Only Preview of New Exhibit @ South Carolina Maritime Museum
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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 @ South Carolina Maritime Museum
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.


Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
History at Lunch – Browns Ferry @ South Carolina Maritime Museum
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

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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