The Spirit of South Carolina is a pilot schooner modeled after the Frances Elizabeth, a vessel that was originally built in Charleston in 1879 and served pilots in Charleston Harbor for 25 years. The original plans for the Frances Elizabeth were discovered at the Smithsonian Institution, where they were a part of the organization's collection. The plans were modified and redesigned by Peter Boudreau and Andrew Davis, proprietors of the tall ship design firm TriCoastal Marine.

The ship's dimensions are 90 ft. on deck and 140 feet overall. Her waterline is designed at 88 feet, her beam 24 feet and she has the capacity to carry 29 overnight passengers and crew.

Mark Bayne, owner of Sea Island Boat Works in Charleston was the master shipright in charge of building the Spirit of South Carolina, which was constructed from live oak, angelique, leaf yellow pine, sapele, purple heart and douglas fir. For safety purposes, the ship has Cummins Diesel engines and utilizes the latest electronic communication and navigational technology.

The Spirit of South Carolina provides unique sailing opportunities for young people to experience the sea, while they also participate in learning activities tailored to augment what they're studying in school. As a student crewmember, young people learn practical seafaring skills, learn to work with others, and gain an understanding of teamwork, leadership and responsibility.

Source: South Carolina Maritime Foundation