Paid programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: A General History of Mermaids

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

The oceans truly connect us all, from pole to pole and around the equator. The legend of the mermaid is a great representation of that connection, one that binds seafarers the world over. A half-human, half-fish creature has appeared in many cultures throughout time and...

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Maritime Heritage Series: Screw-pile Lighthouses of North Carolina

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

The brick lighthouses along North Carolina’s beaches are famous around the nation, probably none more so than the Cape Hatteras lighthouse at Buxton. But these towers weren’t the only structures that helped mariners navigate our waters during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Join...

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Maritime Heritage Series: ‘Life Aboard Ship, Means Going at Sea’

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

When nature calls, you must go! But where do you go while at sea? You may be surprised by the historical practices of something so basic as using the bathroom when it comes to being on board a ship many years ago. Join Associate Curator...

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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Importance of Relative Humidity and Maintaining a Stable Environment for Your Collections

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Ever wonder what those little gadgets with the temperature and humidity read-outs in museum cases are all about? How about those pink-blue strips, the ones that look like a flat thermometer? Or those little baggies of orange-green beads? Conservators and Collection’s staff spend a great...

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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: Diamondback Terrapins: Uncovering Their History and Shell-ebrating Their Future

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Diamondback terrapins, a unique and striking marsh turtle, have a long history in Beaufort, from collection and farming in the 1900s to present-day conservation efforts. Join Associate Curator of Education Courtney Felton to discover how terrapins went from being considered a delicacy to being protected....

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Maritime Heritage Series: The Story Behind Echo the Whale

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Join Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster for an informal discussion about “Echo” (the museum’s 33.5-foot sperm whale skeleton) and his heart. When the adolescent male whale came ashore at Cape Lookout in 2004, his bones and heart were preserved for study and display. Keith...

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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: The Price of Victory: Federal Confiscation of Watercraft in Civil War North Carolina

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

During the Civil War, federal soldiers in coastal North Carolina confiscated civilian watercraft on behalf of the war effort. After the war, affected civilians could file for compensation through the Southern Claims Commission. The applications for compensation provide insights into the maritime lives of ordinary...

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Maritime Heritage Series: Sea Monsters

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Legends and stories of sea monsters are almost culturally universal, with even landlocked groups of people telling tales of fantastic sea or water creatures. During this presentation museum Associate Education Curator Christine Brin will look at some of the most popular sea monsters and some...

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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: Lake Phelps Canoes: Their History and Preservation

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Lake Phelps was an important maritime resource for Native Americans for thousands of years. In the 1980s, 23 dugout canoes were discovered in and around the lake; and four were recovered for further study. Kimberly Kenyon, head conservator for the North Carolina Office of State...

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Wreck of the Schooner “Leading Breeze,” November 1900

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Museum Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly will highlight the rescue of the captain and three crewmembers from the American schooner Leading Breeze. The vessel grounded during a severe southeast gale at Ocracoke Inlet on Nov. 23, 1901. Barely holding on to the wreckage and with all hope...

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History of Santa Claus, Patron Saint of Sailors

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Did Santa prefer a green suit before he started wearing his now iconic red? What is Mrs. Claus’s first name? We may not have all the answers regarding the mysterious and jolly figure; but during this family-friendly presentation, we will try to answer some questions...

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U.S. Life-Saving Service Stations in Carteret County

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC, United States

Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly will give an overview of the history of the United States Life-Saving Service stations that existed in Carteret County, North Carolina. The Life-Saving Service had been operating in North Carolina for 14 years and already had 23 other stations along the...

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Registration and Refund Policy:

Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.