Experience the Spirit of South Carolina
Linking South Carolina's Maritime Heritage with the future through education and the Tall Ship Experience
“There is little that Man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much that Man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.”
SSV Spirit of South Carolina is dedicated to honoring and curating the Seafaring History and diverse Maritime Heritage of South Carolina by offering a unique educational platform for the people of the Palmetto State, in particular her youth.
Participants will experience programs designed around an interdisciplinary hands-on curriculum integrated with the history and literature of South Carolina and our relationship to the sea. Just as important, Spirit of South Carolina will challenge and engage students with a unique Tall Ship experience which:
Builds Pride and a sense of achievement
Increases self-confidence and belief in one’s self
Exercises Self-control/personal discipline
Appreciates values of teamwork and cooperation
Respects and understands perspectives of others resulting in their own broadened perspective
Increases knowledge/awareness of different social groups and increased ability to bridge social differences
Fosters Organizational skills and time management
Partner with Us
Spirit of South Carolina is so many things: A Platform for learning; a vehicle for experiential development of teams, leadership, and character; both, individual and organizational; A venue for the special events of your organization. Mostly, she's a totally unique experience just boarding her, and sensing the wonder, excitement, romance of seafaring under sail, and the Low Country Maritime Heritage she represents.
Volunteers built Spirit of South Carolina. At her early years over 300 volunteers contributed in every role from Deckhand to Development. The roles you can help with are numerous. It's still the simplest yet most rewarding way to a direct role in preserving South Carolina's Maritime heritage and contributing to development of her youth.
Meanwhile check out the Volunteer Blog. It's a detailed journal of volunteer activities since 2019, and a repository full of useful resources such as deckhand skills references, books, photos and video footage.
Make a Donation
Want to join our efforts but you're limited in time, or not sure where to start? Make a donation, whether one-time or monthly/yearly. Spirit of South Carolina depends primarily on community support to sustain it's programs for the Low Country. Your contribution funds Education programs for Low Country Youth, maintaining the ship, and salaries for our professional crew members. You can decide where your contribution goes.