Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Murrells Inlet Boat Captains

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Location: 4123-B HWY 17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC
County: Horry
Coordinates: N 33° 33.379    W 079° 1.945
  33.55631666    -79.03241666
Style: Free Standing **


Murrells Inlet Boat Captains

This stretch of our Marshwalk is dedicated to the Murrells Inlet boat captains of the past who established the fishing industry that we depend upon today. Early in the 20th century, seagoing inlet captains began to take small parties out for day-long charters often in boats they built themselves from local materials. Relying on compass-bearing courses and dead reckoning, these stalwart captains set the stage for the rise of Murrells Inlet as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Their pioneering ventures evolved into the headboats that run Gulf Stream trips today from Capt. Dick’s Marina, as well as our extensive private-charter recreational fleet. As the fishing industry grew, the restaurant trade began to flourish. Fishing out of Murrells Inlet is a multi-million dollar industry today, thanks to the courage and the vision of those captains, past and present and we salute them here.

This plaque is in appreciation to these earlier captains now deceased.

Capt. Ira Vick · Capt. Albert Jordan · Capt. H. C. Strickland · Capt. Hoss Johnson · Capt. Charlie Strickland, Sr. · Capt. Charlie Leonard · Capt. Buc Kempson · Capt. Rusty Draper · Capt. Leo Garner · Capt. Jimmy Stevens · Capt. Bobby Mintz · Capt. Luther Smith · Capt. Mac Oliver · Capt. Orsa Hayden Bashor · Capt. Everett Ayers · Capt Tommy Sing· Capt. Lemuel Stickland · Capt. Howard Wesley, Sr. · Capt. Buddy Dew · Capt. Sanford Wells · Capt. B.H. Vereen

Dedicated Summer 2008