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Walk on Wednesdays

2015 Walking Schedule

June 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
July 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
August 5, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
September 2, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

"Fun on foot" is our mission. Once a month, The NC Maritime Museum at Southport brings educational and entertaining exercise to the Lower Cape Fear. Enjoy the outdoors and take pleasure in our "Salubrious Breezes," as we discover Southport's history, discussing the Shrimping & Menhaden industry, daring stories of blockade runners crossing the bar, pirates, pestilence, Hurricane Hazel and so much more. Tour meets at the Museum and lasts approximately an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle and prepare yourself for interactive walking.

$5/person.  204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461. For further details call the Museum (910)457-0003.walk on wednesday

Spring Into History

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

Fall Into History

"Phantoms, Ghosts and Mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear"

October 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

October is the month for Phantoms, Ghost Fleets, and mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear! Join the museum for a day of presentations. Learn about Confederate Civil War vessels, WWII shipbuilding, Seneca Guns, and tales of Cape Fear. Dawon Carr, author of Grey Phantoms of the Cape Fear will discuss Confederate Blockade Runners, and Wilbur Jones will give an in depth discourse on the World War II Wilmington Shipyard and end with an examination of the mothball fleet. After lunch in the museum classroom, Steve Plaff from NOAA will discuss that age old mystery of Seneca guns. Is that a ghost cannon you hear or is there an environmental reason? Author Brooks Preik will conclude our program in the Smithville Burying Ground!

• Grey Phantoms of the Cape Fear with Dawson Carr

• The Wilmington Shipyard during WWII and the Ghost Fleet of Brunswick River with Wilbur Jones

• Boxed Lunch (included)

• Mystery of the Seneca Guns with Steve Pfaff, NOAA

• Legends and Lore at the Smithville Burying Ground with Brooks Preik

Registration: $20 members/ $25 nonmembers; includes box lunch.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.

3rd Tuesday Evening Adult Programs

Join the Museum for entertainment and education!  Third Tuesday Evening Adult Programs put the spotlight on the best of the Eastern North Carolina, with experts sharing their stories, knowledge and humor.

Programs are free and held at the Southport Community Building unless otherwise noted.

For information and registration please call the museum on (910)457-0003. These events are supported by the Friends of the Museum.

2015 Presentation Schedule

  • January 20: A Trip with Triplett: Witty Wilmington Adventures with Robin Tripplet
  • February 17: Rosenwald Schools with Donnie Joyner
  • March17: No program scheduled. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
  • April 21: What Happened to the Lost Colony? with Dr. David LaVere
  • May 19: The Workboats of Core Sound with Lawrence Early
  • June 16: The Bathing Suit in Vintage Advertising with Elaine Blackmon
  • July 21: CCC Camp Sapona with Scott Len
  • August 18: Maritime Wilmington with Beverly Tetterton
  • September 15: Member and Volunteers Potluck
  • October 20: The Wilmington Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862 with Shannon Walker
  • November 17: Doc Rocks: Part Deux with Dr. Phil Garwood

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours

bike tour at yacht basin

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.

2015 Bike Schedule

March 28, 3 p.m.
April 18, 3 p.m.
May 30, 9 a.m.
June 20, 9 a.m.
July 18, 8 a.m.
August 22, 8 a.m.
September 12, 8 a.m.
October 3, 3 p.m.

Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun tour.  Fee is $20.00 or $28.00 including use of a bicycle and helmet. Limited number of bicycles available for rent. 

All Historical Southport Bicycle Tours will meet at The Adventure Kayak Company located at 807 Howe St. in Southport and will take approximately 2 hours. 
Pre registration and pre payment required. For more information or for reservation, please call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607.

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.