24th Georgetown Wooden Boat Show held despite devastating fire
The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third Saturday in October - almost didn’t happen after a devastating fire destroyed much of Front Street in Georgetown. Eight historic buildings were destroyed.
The Limpin’ Jane’s building is the focal point of the investigation by SLED and the ATF.
The fire is reported to have started in the rear deck of Limpin’ Jane’s restaurant, in the middle of the block. The flames quickly spread to the stores on both sides, according to Georgetown City Fire Chief Joey Tanner.
The businesses impacted are Goudelock & Co., Limpin’ Jane’s, Doodlebugs, Zest restaurant, Buzz’s Roost, Boardwalk Markette, Harborwalk Books, Colonial Floral Fascinations and the S.C. Maritime Museum.
County Emergency Manager Sam Hodge said 130 people who worked at the businesses lost their jobs.
But organizers rallied together to ensure the show would go on.
This year’s show featured one of the nation’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 100 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music.
The Wooden Boat Challenge, where teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a four hour time limit was a favorite.
The competitors then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River.
The Wooden Boat Show events took place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is the major fundraiser for the South Carolina Maritime Museum.
The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown selected Susan Tiller as the official poster artist for the 24th annual Wooden Boat Show.
Susan Tiller recreated and enhanced a valuable piece of Georgetown history with her painting titled “Dressed for the Occasion,” which was featured on the 2013 Wooden Boat Show poster and T-shirt.
Organizers saw record numbers this year in the number of boats, the number of sponsors and visitors.