The historic port city of Georgetown sits on Winyah Bay and is the home of the annual Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, which celebrates fishing and hunting in South Carolina. Winyah Bay is an estuary created by the meeting of the Waccamaw River, the Pee Dee River, the Sampit River, and the Black River in Georgetown County.
The USS Harvest Moon was a steam operated gunboat, used by the Navy, to patrol the waterways of the Confederacy to prevent trading between southern states and other countries. On March 1, 1865, the vessel struck a mine, blowing a large hole in the ship’s hull, and sank in over twelve feet of water. The admiral and crew were rescued and taken aboard the USS Nipsic, one man was killed. USS Harvest Moon was stripped of its machinery and abandoned as of April 1865. A restoration effort was initiated in 1963 but made little headway, a smokestack is visible today (seen below).
Shrimping is an important part of our state’s economy. There are many local shrimpers who make a living providing fresh, tasty, wild-caught shrimp to residents around our state. Learn more about shrimping in South Carolina and the importance of buying locally-harvested seafood.