“For the Perils and Fortunes of the Sea” : The Final Voyage of the French Corsair Le Prince at the Coastal Discovery Museum
On February 3 at 2 pm the Coastal Discovery Museum will welcome James Spirek, the State Underwater Archaeologist for South Carolina, to speak. In early 1577, a French corsair, Le Prince, struck the shoals off Santa Elena at present-day Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. In 1996, underwater archaeologists from the Maritime Research Division (MRD) of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina, launched a project to locate the remains of the corsair. The archaeologists have relied on both published and unpublished historical documents to learn more about the history and wrecking event of the corsair. The presentation will focus on French corsairing, the preparations in France for undertaking a voyage to Peru (New World) and other destinations by Le Prince, the subsequent triumphs sailing along the Spanish Main and in the Caribbean, and consequent triumphs after wrecking off Santa Elena.
This program is a virtual presentation and is $5 per viewing. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.