August 2018
Mission of the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum - Beaufort
The Friends support and enhance the mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort through communications, programs,
and financial support.

Friends of the NC Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation.

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It is August and we know what that brings - Beaufort Pirate Invasion Weekend. 

Watch as Beaufort comes to life with the sights and sounds of pirates overrunning the town. 
This two day festival offers fun and entertainment for the whole family.  See sword fighting, cannons firing, black powder weapons demonstrations and displays, a mock trial, pirate hanging and much more.

Be sure and visit the newly expanded Blackbeard exhibit at the Museum and pick up a BPI Most-Wanted Card to find all the pirates, including Blackbeard himself, and collect some prizes.

Stop by the Watercraft Center and visit the music stage on Harborside Park Deck for some lively entertainment.

The Museum will host two "Lunch with Pirates".  More information on the lunch is found within this newsletter.  

We hope to see you during Pirate Invasion Weekend.

    Brent Creelman                 Gina Holland
Director of Operations      Director of Communications

315 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


1 - Summer Science School: Preschool Storytime & Crafts
2-3 - Summer Science School: Seashore Life I
4 - Traditional Skiff Rally
6-8 - Summer Science School: Seashore Life II
6-10 - Pirate Week
6-11 - Junior Sailing Program: Regatta Week
7-8  - Summer Science School: Science of Surfboards
9 - Shackelford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard See Horses?
11 - Blackbeard 300: 18th Century Pirate Weaponry
11 - Boat-in-a-Day Class
21 - Summer Science School: Pirates!
18-20 - Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve
25-26 - Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class
31 - Murder Mystery Dinner: The Cannon Ball SOLD OUT

For more information on Upcoming Events+
Thank you to the cooks who participated in this year's annual Crab Cake Cook-Off and Slaw Taste-Off on July 20th in the Watercraft Center.  This year's competition was the closest the Friends has seen in many years!  Congratulations to Chef Dawn Freeman who won both People's Choice and Judge's Choice in both categories.  
August 11, 2018 
Museum Auditorium
Speaker: Mike Carraway, Exhibits Curator & Black Powder Safety Officer

Throughout history there have been thousands, if not millions, of different styles of weapons that are used for a variety of purposes ranging from hunting, personal protection, or status symbols.  Mike Carraway has worked with weapons as early as those used by Native Americans, up through modern military and sporting weapons.  This presentation will focus on the weapons most commonly used by sailors and pirates during the early 1700s.  Visitors will learn about black powder weapons such as the Queen Anne’s Pistol and Blunder Buss and bladed weapons such as the Cutlass that are more commonly associated with Pirates.  Weather permitting this presentation will include a demonstration with a live firing from the Museum’s observation deck.  
You have all likely heard about the successful Junior Sailing Program for young folks offered by the Friends.  But you may not know about the ad-hoc sailing lessons also offered to members of the Friends.  It is growing in popularity and in need of another instructor or two.
The ad-hoc program is given at Gallants Channel on our O’Day 17 sailboat, just the right vessel on which to learn this enjoyable and challenging sport.  We’ve been going for several years, teaching each year about 25 adults and, on occasion, children.  Lessons are for two hours at $40 per hour.  The price is the same for one or two students.  All proceeds go to the Friends.  The instructor arranges days and times for the lessons, and we encourage students to read a Sailing Guide that we provide before the first lesson.
We have successfully taught students living locally and visitors from all over the country.  The goal is to have fun and learn how to be comfortable and safe on a sailboat.
Demand has been such that we are looking for one or two additional instructors.  We need sailors experienced with small boats and preferably who have previously taught sailing.  Potential instructors will sail with Walt Wood, the Friends’ current instructor, together with his students until the potential instructor is sufficiently confident to lead the process alone.
If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, call Brent at 252-728-2762.

Gallants Channel
As the Gallants Channel Campaign gains momentum, one of the more heartfelt gifts to date originated from the hard work and generosity of four young children in Beaufort. In June, a staff member from the Maritime Museum dropped by the Foundation office and handed over a Ziploc bag containing $34 in cash -- the fruits of labor from a lemonade stand erected by four industrious young children.  Cousins Joel Weike, Bridget Weikel, Clark Scott and Max Scott heard of the activities planned for the Gallants Channel site and the $4.5M fundraising goal at their recent Junior Sailing class, motivating them to make a difference -- and make a donation.  A hearty thanks to this results-oriented foursome!
(Article compliments of Maritime Heritage Foundation.) 
August 10 and 11
Learn more about the Friends' sponsored Community Boating Clubs. 

License Plate Program

The NCMM license plate proceeds help protect and increase our understanding of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast. To learn more click here.

Your brick will be part of our courtyard on the waterfront at Gallants Channel, a future meeting place for all visitors to the Museum.  Act now to be part of a permanent reminder of those who chose early to be a part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's expansion, and help preserve maritime history, marine ecology, and, North Carolina's rich maritime past. To learn more click here.

As a member of the Friends, you can join us by showing your appreciation of the value of the  coastal communities, both past and present. Your commitment is reflected through your dues, donations, and volunteer hours, which assist in supporting museum programming and exhibits.
Please join us by making a donation in one of the following ways:

  • Gifts for the Present
  • Gifts for the Future
  • Tangible Gifts

Business Memberships
There are many advantages to becoming a Business Member of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. With over nine events a year, your company has the opportunity to be recognized as a community partner.  To learn more click here.

Individual and
Family Memberships
The reason the museum can provide a large variety of programs and exhibits for the community is largely due to member support.  State funding makes the museum possible.  Membership support enhances community outreach and the quality of exhibits and programs.  To learn more click here.

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As of August 2017, all charities have received $62,069,818.82.   Include the Friends and the Museum by registering your charity as "Friends of the Museum North Carolina Maritime Museum Inc."

More Information?
11 - Kayak the Salt Marsh
11 - Kayak Fishing Class

Contact the Museum for more information on these events.

Thank you.  Your support matters!  

Walk-In Visitors                                       15,653
Watercraft Center                                        450 
Gallants Channel Visitation                           16
   Total Visitation                                    16,119
  Visitors in Organized Groups                    450
   Children         341
     Adults          109
  Outreach Totals (formulated)                 1,656
 Traveling Exhibits - Visitation                 21,033 
  Total Audience Served                          41,117

More Information?

NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-504-7740
Joseph W. Schwarzer - Director

Friends of the NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-728-1638
Walt Wood - President of the Friends of the Museum
Southport and Hatteras
About the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. 
The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   The museum is open to the public with free admission. Donations are always appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi Hamiilton, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history,