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Tall ship ‘The Spirit of South Carolina’ to make port in Wilmington this spring

The Spirit of South Carolina will be making a stop in Wilmington this May at Port City Marina (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY THE CITADEL)
The Spirit of South Carolina will be making a stop in Wilmington this May at Port City Marina. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY THE CITADEL)

WILMINGTON — It isn’t every day that Wilmington gets an up-close look at a 19th Century sailing schooner. But this Spring, the 140-foot Spirit of South Carolina will moor at the Port City Marina in Wilmington for two nights.

While visitors won’t be able to tour the schooner, they will be able to view the ship from the pier at Port City Marina, according to marina staff.

According to the Spirit of South Carolina’s website, “Spirit of South Carolina is a 140-foot, traditional sailing vessel called a schooner, a type of sailing vessel of archetypal American design dating to approximately the 1800s.

“The American schooner type achieved world-wide fame when, in 1851, the American schooner America defeated a fleet of British yachts in a race circumnavigating the Isle of Wight to win what came to be known as America’s Cup,” the website states. “Spirit of South Carolina’s design closely resembles that of the 19th century Charleston Harbor pilot schooner Frances Elizabeth which in turn was based on the famous schooner America.”

The Spirit of South Carolina’s home port is Downtown Charleston, S.C. It will be in Wilmington as part of The Citadel at Sea Program, an experience offered through The Citadel as part of a study abroad program.

According to the program’s itinerary, The Spirit of South Carolina will leave from Charleston, then make port in Wilmington before heading to Norfolk Va., and Washington D.C.

The Spirit of South Carolina will be at the Port City Marina on May 25-27.


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