Exhibits

Much Tide Has Passed...

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport 

reopened July 4, 2011 in our new location at Fort Johnston, located on the corner of Moore and Davis Streets. 

The Museum houses a collection of memorabilia pertaining to the vast nautical history of the "Lower Cape Fear" area of southeastern North Carolina. You can easily follow the self-guided tour throughout the exhibits or take a guided tour with one of our historians. 

View a 2,000 year-old 54" Indian canoe fragment ... 

Read Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet's touching pleas for clemency, before he was hanged ... 

See artifacts from the important colonial port of Brunswick...

Touch the chevrons of an old pine tree "boxed" for naval stores ...

Our Civil War Blockade exhibit will take you back to a time when ...

Enjoy the extensive collection of delicate ship models, including the Manera Exhibit...

The "River Pilots, Rescues and Aids to Navigation" section offers a variety of nautical instruments, including a 48" Coast Guard nun buoy ...

The shipwreck City of Houston display will bring back memories of great-grandmother's home of 1878. See our rescued treasures from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, near the Frying Pan Shoals. Newly retrieved additions are a continuing delight...

Commercial and sport fishermen posing with their "catch of the day" displayed a grand variety of fresh seafood from the waters of the Lower Cape Fear... 

A local net expert has made a 9' model of a shrimp-boat net for our Museum, complete with "doors"... 

You must look up to view  7 foot 8 inch menhaden fisherman, known as    Nehi, Southport's "Gentle Giant."

Peer through the eye-piece of the 35 foot periscope from the USS Dolphin, a deep diving research submarine...

A shark tooth panel board and a rare speciman of black coral await your discovery, a beautiful addition to our Lower Cape Fear maritime story...

Learn about hurricanes and listen to the weather forecast on marine radio...

Bring your smart phone to watch the War of 1812 come alive...

The exhibits will guide you through our military and maritime history, from the earliest settlers to modern sailors...

Please sign our visitor's log as we wish you a bon voyage...

Blockade Running: A Necessary Evil

Blockade_Exhibit_2The exhibit, filled with projectiles and examples of weapons of war, will surprise visitors who will learn that often domestic items, such as spoons, buttons, and sad irons, were also shipped to support the Confederate homefront. As a result of the Blockade, the cost of common items increased, and often became unobtainable. In a letter from General Whiting, Commander of the Cape Fear District, "A man brought in six demijohns of gin, which cost him in Nassau $24. He sold them here for $900." Blockade running was necessary to continue the war effort, but it was a potential evil to those who needed supplies and could not afford Cushing_Displaythem.

Cushing's Raid on Smithville, February 29, 1864

In conjunction with the Sesquicentennial, the Museum in collaboration with UNCW Professor of History Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, has installed a permanent video display focusing on Lieutenant Commander Cushing's raid on Smithville. Learn about the man frequently featured in Northern newspapers. Discover what happened that intrepid evening. Learn the fate of Confederate General Louis Hebert and Captain Kelly at Fort Johnston.

"We Fished for a Living"

Nehi_bottle_3At 7 feet 8 inches tall, a life-sized image of Southport's "Gentleman Giant" is featured in the exhibit, "We Fished for a Living." Like many others during the first half of the 20th Century, Elias "Nehi" Gore supported his family working in the fishing industry. A Morehead child remarked that Gore was "tall like a Nehi soda bottle," and the nickname stuck. Legend has it that he received the salary of two men because of his extra strength and his desire to work hard. Nehi stood out among others, not only in height, but in his contributions to the people of Southport.

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