Programs & Events

2015

April

"Dive Into History" Symposium
April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and the panel discussion will be engaging and exciting.

Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, as we welcome a series of professional divers to share fascinating moments in history through their eyes. Salvager Denny Breece will discuss his 1987 recovery of a rudder and cannon from the La Rosa de Bilboa, a late 1700s Spanish Vessel located off Southport's shores.

Archaeologist Dr. James Delgado, the director of the Maritime Heritage Program in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries of the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will discuss his recent excavation of the wreck Mary Celestia, a Civil War blockade runner, whose Southport pilot perished from yellow fever while navigating the vessel across The Bar. Learn more about the ship's demise in Bermuda and how the wreck continues to give archaeologists valuable information.

The Symposium includes a boxed lunch and concludes with a panel of local divers to answer public inquiries regarding our local wrecks.

Fee: $15 Members, $20 Non-members. For further details and to register call the Museum 910-457-0003. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

The program will be held at Murrow Hall, Southport Trinity UMC, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC, 28461

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461.

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
April 18, 3:00 p.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $28.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
"What Happened to the Lost Colony?"
With David LaVere, Ph.D., (Road Scholar)
April 21, 7-9 p.m.

The Lost Colony is one of North Carolina's great mysteries. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and UNCW history professor, Dr. David LaVere, whose research indicates that when the English colonists disappeared from Roanoke in 1587, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans. The possibilities of their fate terrified the English and had the potential to derail future English colonization. This talk delves into Roanoke Indian society and politics, English Elizabethan politics and colonial ambitions, reasons the Roanoke colony failed, and LaVere's theories as to what happened to the Lost Colonists.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.

*This presentation is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a nonprofit foundation and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5th Annual NC Maritime Museum at Southport
GOLF CLASSIC
April 22, Wednesday,
Shotgun at noon, dinner following.

Play golf while supporting the Museum! Silent & Live Auctions, Raffles and Door Prizes. Sponsorships are available. 100% of proceeds go towards the Museum. www.friendsncmmsouthport.org, Jim Carey (910)253-6331, or the Museum (910) 457-0003.

May
Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
"The Workboats of Core Sound" with Lawrence S Earley
May 19, 7-9 p.m.

For generations, Harkers Island was isolated from the rest of North Carolina. Boating was the only means of transportation and the only means for their livelihood. The wooden workboats of Core Sound are beautiful, functional art; the builders are artisans like no other. The names Rose, Willis, and Gaskill, are synonymous with the tradition of Down East boat building and their trade has been passed down within the island communities of Carteret County for decades. Join The NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Lawrence Early, the author of The Workboats of Core Sound. He will share the stories and images of the vibrant culture of the boat builders Down East.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. 

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
May 30, 9:00 a.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $28.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial information and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

volunteer

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.

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