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The Maritime Research Division has many past and present projects involving a variety of shipwreck sites.

Brown's Ferry Vessel

Mid-late 18th century shipwreck excavated and raised in 1976 by SCIAA from Brown's Ferry in the Black River, Georgetown County, SC.

Brown's Ferry Ferries

Two ferry boats associated with the ferry at Brown's Ferry were surveyed and recorded by MRD staff and volunteers as part of the 2013 Black River Project.


South Carolina boasts a significant history of canoe building and use that extends from the Middle Archaic period into the 20th century.

The Clydesdale Plantation Wreck

A rare example of 18th century coastal sloops that once linked Savannah, Charleston, Georgetown, and other major cities during the Colonial period. 

Hilton Head Island Wreck

A large wooden vessel buried in the beach on Hilton Head Island and part of an ongoing excavation for the Field Training Course offered through the MRD.

H.L. Hunley

The H.L Hunley is the infamous Civil War submarine that sank the USS Housatonic in 1863. From 1996 to 2000, MRD staff, along with a number of other federal and state agencies participated in the excavation and raising of the Hunley from beneath the murky waters off Charleston, SC.

Ingram Vessel

Discovered in the Great Pee Dee River just below Cheraw, SC, the Ingram Vessel is a wonderful example of South Carolina upland shipbuilding in the late 18th to early 19th century. The MRD investigated this vessel in 1993 and 1994.

Laurel Hill Barge No. 2

Discovered by sport divers in 1990, Laurel Hill Bargo No. 2 sheds light on the techniques and materials needed to build an utilitarian water craft in the mid-18th to mid-19th century on the Waccamaw River.

Little Landing Shipwrecks 1 & 2

Two small sailing vessels discovered near Lewisfield Plantation on the Cooper River and excavted by SCIAA staff in 1988 and 1989 may have been involved with Colonel Wade Hampton's raid on British troops in 1781. 

Malcolm Boat

The MRD excavated half of this vessel in 1992 following a 1985 discovery of it eroding out the the Ashley River bank.  The Malcolm Boat dates from the last quarter of the 18th century into the first quarter of the 19th century.

SS William Lawrence

The SS William Lawrence sank in an ice storm off the coast of Beaufort, SC in 1899. The Lawrence was carrying a cargo of various consumer goods on its way to Savannah, Georgia.

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