Spirit of South Carolina
Spirit of South Carolina is a 140-foot, two-masted topsail schooner. She gets her name from the passion that built her. South Carolinian shipwrights and volunteers laid each plank and drove every nail just steps from where she’s docked today in downtown Charleston. With a massive main sail and fisherman staysail, Spirit’s silhouette is unmistakable. And with six sails and graceful, sleek sheer, she’s fast. She was built to accommodate 21 overnight passengers and is well equipped for long-distance passages. Though she’s spent the past few years cruising Charleston Harbor, she has the potential to sail anywhere in the world. Twin diesel engines assist when pure sail isn’t enough. Spirit honors Charleston’s once-booming, but largely ignored, shipbuilding industry. During the 18th and 19th century, the rise of plantation-style agriculture provided social prestige and fast money that shipbuilding could not. Spirit sails today as a symbol of pride for the state, and a source of revived interest in our nautical history to be shared with a new generation of sailors, visitors and students.
Homeport: Charleston, South Carolina
Sparred Length: 140
Contact: Fletcher Myers, Executive Director
Tel: (843) 696-0406