Charleston, South Carolina is a city full of beautiful landmarks and the history of two American Wars – the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. While there are a ton of great things to see and do in downtown Charleston, for now we are going to focus on some maritime history!
One of the main historical attractions of the city is the S.S. Hunley Museum, where the first successful United States combat submarine is on display. The S.S. Hunley was built in the 1800s, and its first mission was complete February 17th, 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. Shortly after, the submarine disappeared. The wreckage was found in 1995 and the recovery efforts were successful by August 8th, 2000. Since then, the S.S. Hunley has been on display for history buffs and simple visitors alike to come and view a piece of American battle history.
The S.S. Hunley remained sunken on the ocean floor for over a century, and the salt water and sediment truly did a number on it. Conservation efforts have been long and drawn out, beginning with excavating it from the ocean floor to the current phase, soaking the salts out of the metal to (hopefully) halt corrosion. This is where viewers can find the S.S. Hunley, in a 75,000 gallon tank of a watery-chemical solution in hopes to save this part of history.
While visiting Charleston, South Carolina we recommend heading over to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. You’ve probably read about it in history class, but here’s a quick overview. Fort Sumter marks the start of the Civil War, where onlookers watched the Confederacy and Union begin one of the worst wars in American history. The forts put on battle demonstrations and reenactments as well as tours. You can even adopt a cannon to help conservation efforts.
In addition to forts and museums, there are also a ton of old plantations and southern houses to tour in the area such as the Edmondston-Alston House and the Drayton Hall plantation. Check out all the history you can see in Charleston, South Carolina here!
Where to Dock
We have two great marina partners in the area – one in North Charleston and the other on John’s Island. Check them out below and start planning your trip to Charleston, South Carolina today!
St. Johns Yacht Harbor
Johns Island, South Carolina
Rivers Edge Marina
North Charleston, South Carolina