Beaufort Oars Rowing Club

The Beaufort Oars is a community based, traditional rowing club that encourages enjoyment on the water, social activity, and exercise. 

The Beaufort Oars rows two boats that were built at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The group is open to all active Friends of the Museum members. The primary goal is to provide an affordable community based rowing club that encourages enjoyment on the water, social activity, and exercise.

The group currently rows two 34 foot Crestwood Gig’s

If you would like to try out the Oars – just show up!  No experience required.

Volunteer leaders help ensure safety, initiate new members, coordinate events, and spearhead maintenance efforts.  

Rowing Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
5:15 p.m.

Sunday Mornings
8:45 a.m.

Dues:

Dues of $40/year, 
plus a Friends membership 
($35 and up).

Location:

Gallants Channel
Annex of the North Carolina Maritime Museum
Gate 1
172 West Beaufort Road 
Beaufort, NC 28516

Contact:

​nowens@beaufortcay.com

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Help Support the Museum with a 
Membership

There are many advantages to becoming a member of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The reason the museum can provide a large variety of programs and exhibits for the community is largely due to member support.  State funding makes the museum possible.  Membership support enhances community outreach and the quality of exhibits and programs.

With membership support, we have helped the museum provide a high level of visitor service, education, and excitement for museum guests. You can be part of an exciting partnership to support the museum. You can join because you want to be part of preserving North Carolina’s rich maritime heritage and history. You can help support our efforts to foster curiosity and wonder at what we can learn from artifacts and interpretations from as long ago as three hundred years.

Be a part of the larger view of life through the ages on the North Carolina coast.
Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum today.

Get involved & make a difference.

All Members Receive:

  • 10% discount on most museum programs and museum store purchases.
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Quarterly Calendar
  • Monthly Email Newsletter
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Early Notice of Special Events
  • Bumper Sticker with the new North Carolina Maritime Museum logo.
  • Participation in “Members Only” Events and Programs.

Levels of Membership

Student – $10

Trade your membership fee for volunteer hours!  
(you must be under 21 to select this option)

Individual – $35

Priority notification of museum offerings.
Individual Discount on fee-based programs

Military Rate (Active) Individual – $20

Priority notification of museum offerings.
Individual Discount on fee-based programs.

Household – $75

Priority notification of museum offerings.
Discount on fee-based programs applies to entire family.

Military Rate (Active) Household – $60

Priority notification of museum offerings.
Discount on fee-based programs applies to entire family.

Benefactor – $300

Priority notification of museum offerings.
Discount on fee-based programs applies to entire family
Invitations to “Benefactor Only” programs and events.

Lifetime- $2,500

Lifetime membership benefits for you and your spouce.
Recognition of the Lifetime Membership plaque in the Museum Lobby.
Priority notification of museum offerings.
Discount on fee-based programs applies to entire family.
Advanced notice of and invitations to special programs and events.
Special gift.


Queen Anne’s Revenge

During The Golden Age of Piracy (1689-1718), numerous rogues pursued their lawless and murderous trade throughout the New World. Restrictive laws passed by the British Parliament had made smuggling acceptable and even desirable in North Carolina and the other American colonies. Preying upon lightly armed merchant ships, the pirates seized their contents and sometimes killed those who resisted. Because of its shallow sounds and inlets, North Carolina’s Outer Banks became a haven for many of these outlaws in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is the Department of Cultural Resource’s designated repository for all archaeological artifacts and project records from the wreck presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR).

The Museum staff fully embrace their responsibilities associated with the QAR project. The museum’s professional educators and curators recognize the potential of the QAR collection to serve as a catalyst to generate great excitement and interest in North Carolina’s earliest maritime history and heritage. The QAR is the most significant underwater archaeological site yet discovered in the Americas. The museum’s staff recognizes that the professional exhibition and interpretation of this unique collection will help drive the museum’s education mission while promoting economic development via heritage tourism across North Carolina’s Coastal Plain.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum is charged with managing the QAR collection. All artifacts and records are to be kept as an intact collection. The storing, exhibiting, and interpreting of all QAR artifacts is to be managed by the Museum. The vessel structure, ship’s fittings, weapons, personal effects, and non-precious cargo are to become part of the Museum’s permanent collection, with long-term collection care and conservation also the responsibility of the Museum.