NEW EXHIBIT OPENED - "We Fished for a Living"...


Southport - A 7 foot, 8 inch life-sized image of Elias "Nehi" Gore, Southport's Gentle Giant, stands watch over a facsimile of a Southport fishing pier. For 70 years, Menhaden fisheries were the lifeblood of Southport.

Visit the Maritime Museum to see Nehi and learn more about Southport's economic and recreational connection to the water.

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.


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.