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North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

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Once in Beaufort we stroll the colorful waterfront shops and busy marinas.

  Maritime Museum in Beaufort houses boat models

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is an astonishing, high-level museum complete with many works from various local and outside sources including the Smithsonian.

old engines and outboard motors of antique restored quality

Over the course of a few hours we take in hundreds of carefully lit scale and full size boat models, replicas, and live examples of actual marine artifacts retrieved in dives from nearby rivers, bays, and the Atlantic Ocean. intricate ship models in museum

A well-written placard or audio or video recording carefully details each piece. Why is the sharpie boat so popular here? What makes a boat a sloop or a trawler or a skiff or a schooner? How do they differ?

Maritime Museum in Beaufort

How did fisherman using primitive rakes and devices harvest, process, box, preserve, and ship millions of pounds of clams, mussels, fish, oysters, crabs and other delicacies without mechanical refrigeration to big cities all over the country in the 1800’s, and even still today?

restored recreated wooden ship to scale

Overhead I can see a black and white picture of a two thousand pound great white shark that chewed through thousands of dollars worth of seafood before being pulled ashore.

very old boats restored

I walk past big full size replicas of many different classes of small boats surrounded by ornate authentically adorned mannequins dressed like the pioneering seamen and women of the day.

boat building school

This museum has the world’s largest collection of real and recreated artifacts from the actual pirate Black Beard, and his ships and treasures. I love the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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