A boat sails on Taylor’s Creek. Those who participate in the N.C. Maritime Museum’s Maritime Day Saturday, June 8 on the grounds of the museum’s Gallant’s Channel site will be able to enjoy free sailboat rides and other activities. (Dylan Ray photo)

A family-friendly event will help showcase the waterfront property designated as the site for the future home of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The Friends of the Museum will host Maritime Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 on the grounds of the Gallants Channel site at 172 W. Beaufort Road at the foot of the high-rise bridge.

The free community event, held annually on the second Saturday in June, celebrates the maritime industry and stems from the National Maritime Day, created by Congress in 1933 and observed annually May 22.

“Maritime Day at Gallants Channel is a fun, family-friendly, community event that brings people together on the beautiful Gallants Channel waterfront,” Friends of the Museum Director of Operation Brent Creelman said in a recent press release.

Activities include sailing in the museum’s fleet of traditional wooden boats, cane pole fishing, kite flying, nature trail tours, drone flying, children’s activities and games.

There will also be a pirate encampment, display from Bonehenge Whale Center, plein air artists, live music and more along the Gallants Channel waterfront.

All activities are free; however, donations are appreciated.

“Free traditional sailboats rides are very popular,” Mr. Creelman said. “There will also be lots of yard games on the Great Lawn, so come ready to play.”

Food trucks will also be on site, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. There will be a celebration at 2 p.m. on the waterfront to specially recognize those who have purchased bricks for the courtyard by the flagpole.

The Maritime Day event this year comes on the heels of the recent announcement of a study that looked at the economic impact of building a new museum and maritime center on the Gallants Channel property.

The study, conducted by ConsultEcon of Massachusetts, indicated the annual impact to Carteret County would be $46.3 million.

For more information on Maritime Day or the Friends of the Museum, call 252-728-1638 or visit

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