Lunch with Pirates


Lunch With Pirates


Saturday, August 9


Come in. Cool down. Meet the Pirates.

On Saturday, August 9 at 11:30 the NC Maritime Museum will be offering our 5th annual “Lunch with Pirates”.  This is a delicious lunch catered by East Carolina’s very own “Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille”.  While enjoying their lunch families will be treated to a fashion show featuring the latest trends in the pirate world, put together by the East Coast Pirate Crew.   The infamous pirate Blackbeard will also be present and may even be willing to tell his tale of piracy! Reservations are required for the “Lunch with Pirates” and tickets are $15 per person.    “The Lunch with Pirates is always a very popular event,” says Christine Brin, Museum Educator, “the kids enjoy meeting Blackbeard and the parents enjoy the air-conditioned, and calm atmosphere.”

Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday families will be invited into the NC Maritime Museum’s library where they will have their chance to enjoy some free (and air conditioned) activities and crafts.  Children will get their very own pirate hat, official pirate tattoo, pirate sash and even make a “super-secret” pirate treasure map.   The activities will close during the Lunch with Pirates at 11:30 a.m. but will reopen at 12:30 and run until 4:00 p.m.   “Thanks to support from the Friends of the Museum we are able to offer all of these programs free,” state Brin ,”and parents have a ‘safe zone’ where they can relax and not worry about fees or charges”.

This is not everything that will be going on at the NC Maritime Museum, or even around Beaufort during the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion.  Visit to learn more.

These activities are being offered as part of the 2nd Saturday’s programs offered this summer in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  2nd Saturdays combines the unique power of arts and heritage with lots of hands-on fun each second Saturday during the peak summertime faction months.  The 2nd Saturday’s events are free and offer hands-on educational opportunities for all ages.

Family Pirate Day

Ahoy Pirates! 

September 27, 2014

The Friends of the Western Carteret Library in partnership with the N.C. Maritime Museum will host a Family Pirate Day at the Western Carteret Library, Saturday, September 27, 10-2 p.m.

Pirates of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of family-friendly festivities. Create a pirate hat, get pirate tattoos, join in a scavenger hunt and learn about the infamous Blackbeard.

“School may have started but the summer fun isn’t over yet,” said Christine Brin, Group and Volunteer Coordinator for the N.C. Maritime Museum. “We are planning exciting activities that include old favorites and some exciting new surprises.”

No registration needed and the events are free.

For more information, call the Western Carteret Library, 393-6500,, or check the special events tab of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort,, 252-728-7317

Age of Aquarius: A Murder Mystery Dinner

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Over the last five years the Museum’s annual murder mystery dinner has focused on different museum exhibits and messages.  Since the creation of the NC Maritime Museum in 1975 one of the Museum’s messages has been about environmental stewardship. 

This year’s murder mystery dinner will be taking place in 1969 as locals gather to plan a protest against companies that have been polluting Beaufort’s beloved Taylor’s Creek.  Town officials and locals have begun to discuss the idea of making Beaufort a tourist destination and in order to do that the town needs to pull together to clean up Taylor’s Creek.

Fortunately the CEO of the local business that is chief amongst the polluters, MPW Inc., has agreed to meet with the protestors at the Museum and discuss plans for reducing his company’s pollution.  Along with the CEO we are expecting his wife (a former Hollywood Actress), the chief financial officer of MPW Inc. and one of his children may even be taking a break from all of their recent scandals and making an appearance at the dinner. 

We are hopeful that these talks will go smoothly, despite all the “accidents” that tend to happen at the Museum this time of year.  Visitors are strongly encouraged to dress in their best tie dye and “hippie” wear. 

Tickets on sale NOW!  Contact the Museum store at 252-728-7317 ext. 0 or click HERE to purchase your Murder Mystery Dinner  tickets online.

Space is limited and the dinners have traditionally sold out at least a week prior to the dinner.  

NC Science Festival


March 28-April 13, 2014
The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations. 
As part of the North Carolina Science Festival the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort will be hosting four programs including Ports and Pilots on March 31, The Astounding Oyster on April 3, Beaufort's Dolphins on April 10 and a field trip to explore the Rachel Carson Reserve on April 11.  Please see the Museum calendar for details on these and other Museum programs.
To learn more about the NC Science Festival and the many programs scheduled for this multi-day celebration visit . 

Wooden Boat Show


The 40th annual Wooden Boat Show will take place on Saturday, May 3, in downtown Beaufort.  Enjoy activities and exhibits on display at the Museum and the Museum’s Watercraft Center.  Admission is free and open to the public.

A variety of small wooden boats will be on display on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy traditional skills demonstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and sailboat rides from 1-3 p.m.

Free boat rides will also be offered at the Watercraft Center docks (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sailing program.)

The Wooden Boat Show weekend opening event on Friday, May 2, includes a reception and live music from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Those who would like to receive an application to exhibit their boat should contact the Museum at (252) 728-7317 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Contact the Museum for more information, a boat registration form, and tickets to the Friday opening reception or Saturday awards reception.

Boat registration form is available for download here: 

Wooden Boat Show Registration Form


2014 Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 1 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                     

“Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, 1718”

North Carolina Maritime Museum with New Artifacts on Exhibit


1 p.m. – 4 p.m.                     

Go Sailing in a Traditional Wooden Boat


Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


Friday, May 2


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                     

“Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, 1718”

NC Maritime Museum with New Artifacts on Exhibit


1 p.m. – 4 p.m.                     

Go Sailing in a Traditional Wooden Boat


Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.             

Ship-in-Bottles Modeling Demonstration by Jim Goodwin

Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.          

40th Annual Boat Show Opening Party & Extravaganza

Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


Saturday, May 3


8 a.m. – 9 a.m.                    

New Boat Launchings

Harvey W. Watercraft Center


8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.             

Registration of Boats

Harvey W. Watercraft Center


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                    

“Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, 1718”

NC Maritime Museum with New Artifacts on Exhibit


10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             

Exhibit of Wooden Boats

North Carolina Maritime Museum – Front St. and Parking Lot

Wooden Boat Kids

North Carolina Maritime Museum Front Patio & Breezeway &Under Boat Building Challenge Tent

Sailing Radio-Controlled Model Boats

North Carolina Maritime Museum Front Patio

Carolina Maritime Model Society Ship Model Exhibition

North Carolina Maritime Museum Auditorium

Ship-in-Bottles Modeling Demonstration by Jim Goodwin

Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center

Traditional Sailors’ Crafts Demonstrations

North Carolina Maritime Museum Back Patio and Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


10 a.m. – 11 a.m.        

Spritsail Race

Taylor’s Creek


11 a.m.                                  

7th Annual Boatbuilding Challenge: Competition Begins

West Boardwalk Parking Lot under Tent


1 p.m. – 3 p.m.                         

Go Sailing in a Traditional Wooden Boat


Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center


3 p.m.                                   

Boatbuilding Challenge: All Saws Stop

West Boardwalk Parking Lot under Tent


3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.               

Boatbuilding Challenge: Judging of Boats

West Boardwalk Parking Lot under Tent


3 p.m.                                    

Sailboat Races

Taylor’s Creek


3:30 p.m.                            

Boatbuilding Challenge: Rowing Races Begin

Taylor’s Creek at the Competition Tent


5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.               

Boatbuilding Challenge & Wooden Boat Show Awards Reception

Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center

Ship in a Bottle Demonstration by Jim Goodwin

Friday, May 2, 2014

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.                       

1)  Carolina Sharpie  

2)   Schooner Paragon

3)   Topsail schooner Amistad 

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.                         

1)  Arctic Schooner Bowdoin

2)   Elizabeth II                                                         

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.                          

1)   Schooner Windfall

2)    Otway Burns’ Snap Dragon    

3)    USCG Eagle                                                   

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.                           

1)   Blackbeard’s sloop Adventure

2)   Double Topsail Schooner Mercury

 3)   Schooner Anna R. Heidritter (4-masts)                    

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.                           

1)  Schooner Windfall

2)  Schooner Crissie Wright (3-masts) 

3)  Brig Black Squall                                                         

Friday Evening Reception

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.                           

1)   Ketch Good Fortune

(Capt’n Ron White Coastal Ecology Tours)

2)   Capt’n Sinbad’s Meka II   

3)   Blackbeard’s QAR 

6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.                           

1)   BB’s sloop Adventure  

2)   Pirate Charles Vane’s Brig Ranger  

3)   Schooner Carroll A. Deering  (5-masts)       


Ship in a Bottle Demonstration by Jim Goodwin

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                       

1)  Ocracoke skipjack Wilma Lee  

2)  Schooner Windfall

3)  Arctic Schooner Bowdoin 

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.                       

1) Otway Burns’ Snap Dragon

2) Jack-ass brig Mercury

3)  Brig Niagara                                                     

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.                         

1)  John Paul Jones’ sloop Providence                                                                                                                                           

2)  1807 Sloop Hornet ( full ship rig )

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.                           

1)  Schooner Windfall II 

2)  3-masted barkentine Olive Thurlow   

3)  BB’s QAR

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.                           

1)  Carolina Sharpie  

2)  Schooner Virginia Dare (4-masts)   

3)  USCG Eagle 

3 p.m. – 3: 45 p.m.                          

1)  Yacht Puritan (1885 America’s Cup winner)

2)  BB’s sloop Adventure

3)   Pirate Charles Vane’s Brig Ranger               



What's Happening


09.27.2014 09 - 10.05.2014 16
Nine-Day Boatbuilding Class


10.07.2014 18 - 20
Boater Safety Programs: Tides and Currents


10.08.2014 10 - 11
Merry Time for Tots: Hatteras Jack


10.08.2014 19 - 20
Hurricane Hazel 60th Anniversary

See the calendar for a complete program list.


Volunteers are needed for the great times at the Maritime Museums. Share your love of history, culture and North Carolina's well-loved coast.  Each Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from working with children to helping with events.