April 2018
Mission of the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum - Beaufort
The purposes of the Friends are to assist, promote and enhance the programs and functions of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort through contributions of labor, technical skills, services, equipment, and funding.

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

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Greetings to Our Friends of the Museum! 

The Museum will host the 3rd Annual North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Whales and Whaling Symposium on April 6. This day-long event includes several presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices in North Carolina and adjacent waters. Participants will learn which species of whales can be found in our coastal waters and further offshore, how and where some of these species were hunted regionally, and the contributions prepared skeletal specimens make to research, conservation, and education. There will also be special exhibits enabling participants to interact with bones, baleen, teeth, oil, and more. Historians, biologists, naturalists, environmentalists, and educators share experiences and knowledge through a series of presentations and displays appropriate for all audiences. 

The Symposium takes place at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on April 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  More information on the symposium can be found in this newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support of the Museum through your Friends' membership!  

    Brent Creelman                 Gina Holland
Director of Operations      Director of Communications

315 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


6 - 3rd Annual North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium
7-8 - Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class
12 - Brown Bag Gam: The Cape Lookout Lighthouse
14 - Blackbeard 300: The Ships Associated with the Career of Blackbeard the Pirate
18 - Kayak the Salt Marsh
21 - Boat-in-a-Day Class
25 - Shackleford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard See Horses?
28 - Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

All Brown Bag Gams begin at noon.  Bring your lunch! 
For more information on Upcoming Events+
April 7
Museum Auditorium
10:00 a.m.     Introduction, John Hairr

10:05 a.m.    Whales of North Carolina, Keith Rittmaster
North Carolina Maritime Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster will give an overview of the many species of whales seen in North Carolina waters. 

11:00 a.m.    Killer Whales off the Carolina Coast, John Hairr
North Carolina Maritime Museum Curator John Hairr will examine reports of encounters with killer whales off the North Carolina coast. 

Noon         Break for Lunch

1:00 p.m.    U.S. Navy Environmental Compliance and Marine Mammal Monitoring, Jacqueline Bort
Jacqueline Bort is a Marine Resources Specialist focusing on acoustics for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia (NAVFAC) under the Marine Resources Department. 

2:00 p.m.    Large Whale Strandings: A History of Response in North Carolina, William McLellan    
Research Biologist at University of North Carolina Wilmington and North Carolina State Stranding Coordinator, William McLellan will give a history of the North Carolina Stranding Network that has been actively investigating marine mammal strandings for over 150 years, making it one of the longest running stranding investigations in the world.

3:00 p.m.    Wreck of the Whale Ship Seychelle During the Great Beaufort Hurricane of 1879, Benjamin Wunderly  
North Carolina Maritime Museum Associate Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly will present on the wreck of the whaling schooner Seychelle at Cape Lookout, that occurred during the Great Beaufort Hurricane of August 1879.
May 5

The 44th Annual Wooden Boat Show takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina boat building and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display and activities will be available for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, the Carolina Maritime Model Society will exhibit model boats ranging in size from 12” to 12’ in length.  Visit beaufortwoodenboatshow.com for a complete list of events and activities.
We are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Maritime Museum's Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors by the Southeast Tourism Society.  The organization recently announced their top events for May 2018 and the Annual Wooden Boat Show was selected as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast.”  
This is the fourth year the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort has received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show.  It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast. 

Sponsorship has been critical to the growth of this signature event for Beaufort, Carteret County and the State of North Carolina.  Sponsorship begin at $100.  Click here for more information on the sponsorship levels.  
Call the Friends' office at 252-728-1638 if you have any questions.  

Junior Sailing Registration is open.  Some of the sessions are already full with waiting lists.  Register your child or grandchild now!
The program offers basic through advanced sailing instruction to youth ages 8 and older.  Instructors are certified in First Aid and CPR.  This exciting program teaches the arts of rigging, sailing, and seamanship and introduces students to maritime traditions and history.  It is designed to teach the basic skills of sailing to beginners and to hone the skills of more advanced students, using a combination of time in the classroom and on the water.  Two week sessions for International Optimist Dinghy ("Optis") and Flying Junior "(FJs") are offered, with one group session in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and another in the afternoon from 1-4:30 p.m. 
Click here for more information, call the Museum Registrar at 252-504-7758 or call the Friends office at 252-728-1638.
June 8
NC Maritime Museum 
The notorious Blackbeard was probably not one for fancy dinner parties during his short, violent pirate career 300 years ago. Blackbeard, however, will come alive again for a very civilized group of dinner guests at the  Museum on Friday, June 8.

    The dinner will feature performance artist Joey Madia. A versatile actor, director and playwright, Madia will present a light-hearted dramatization in which he takes the role of a Beaufort man named Angus “Quill” MacGregor, who sailed with Blackbeard, also known as Edward Thache, during his buccaneering heyday. Assisting in full pirate dress will be the popular local Blackbeard impersonator, Carl Cannon. Beaufort’s own Captain Horatio Sinbad, in full regalia, will be on hand as well.

    The party will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a seated dinner at 7, during which Madia will entertain. The evening will conclude with dessert on the Museum terrace and a sunset cannon at 8:30.

    In his portrayal, Madia tells what he considers to be the “real” Blackbeard story in contrast to the mixture of fact and myth that makes up the popular image of Thache. Quill MacGregor will offer the untold story from the pirate’s point of view, with heavy emphasis on the corrupt motives of the governors of North Carolina and Virginia and the British Royal Navy.

Joey Madia has had a rich and varied career, including writing, directing or acting in 125 plays and a dozen film projects. His specialty is historical theater and participatory plays for school children. He is a Chautauqua Scholar for Voices from the Earth, which provides “symposia and performances on the African-American experience in the Civil War.” 

    He is Creative Director at Port City Tour Co. and founding Artistic Director of Seven Stories Theatre Company. In 2019 he will be touring with the Oklahoma Chautauqua in the role of Ernesto “Che” Guevera.

    Madia’s June 8 presentation will be based on “Blackbeard and the Pirates of Carolina,” a one-man show he wrote and performs for Port City Tour Co. It was featured on “Passage of Dreams,” a Japanese television show sponsored by Tokyo Disney, and in the 2018 North Carolina Travel Guide. 

    Reservations can be made on-line, at the Museum Gift Shop or by calling the Friends' office - 252-728-1638.  The event costs are $100 for Friends' members and $125 for non-members that includes a discounted one year membership to the Friends.
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.

    June 9
When out on the water around Beaufort on Saturday, June 9 do not be alarmed if you hear the sound of cannon fire in the distance, it's just the local pirates commemorating the 300th anniversary of the sinking of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
The “Parade of Cannons”, a special homage to the famed pirate Blackbeard, coincides with the opening of the newly expanded exhibit at the Maritime Museum featuring artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship.

The fleet will make its way from the Maritime Museum at the modern-day entrance to the Beaufort Harbor to the end of Fulford Street, the site of the “white house” on ancient charts – the Hammock House. This is the site of the entrance to Beaufort during Blackbeard’s day.

Blackbeard is alleged to have stayed at the Hammock House with one of his many wives, and it is rumored that he hung her from a tree in the yard upon his departure.

The Parade of Cannons is scheduled to begin at 11 am.
Cannons will blaze as the vessels sail down Taylors Creek.
Blackbeard’s flag will be dipped ceremoniously at the foot of Fulford Street.
Vessels proceed to Gallants Channel for grub and grog. (12:30 pm)
Vessels may join the parade at any point along the route
Both boats and people will be garbed in their finest pirate finery. 
Safety is of the utmost importance if everybody is going to have a good time. 

If you would like to participate, please contact
the Friends' office - 252-728-1638.

NCMM Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster, with his team of volunteers and colleagues, recently completed a skeletal display of a shark-bitten Atlantic spotted dolphin that stranded on Ocracoke in July, 2014. Last weekend at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC Keith presented it, along with a poster describing the specimen and process, to approximately eight-five participants of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium.
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More Information?
Lecture Series
May 12 - Blackbeard 300 - Blackbeard's Blockade at Charles Town
June 9 - Blackbeard 300 - New Perspective on Blackbeard the Pirate Symposium


Thank you.  Your support matters!  

Walk-In Visitors                                       5,181
Watercraft Center                                       899 
Gallants Channel Visitation                          -
   Total Visitation                                      6,080
  Visitors in Organized Groups                    220
   Children         100
     Adults          120
  Outreach Totals (formulated)                 1,605
 Traveling Exhibits - Visitation                  3,311 
  Total Audience Served                          11,511

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
David DuBuisson- 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 Susan Kluttz, 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,