Whitemarsh Seabrook Smith III, Interview by Hadley W. White, 11 November 2021

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Title

Whitemarsh Seabrook Smith III, Interview by Hadley W. White, 11 November 2021

Description

Whitemarsh Smith III, Charleston native, Citadel alum, and long-time president of the Charleston Branch Pilot’s Association, has an extensive history in the waters of Charleston. In this interview, Smith dives into his experience as a Charleston pilot and provides details of various historical events he has witnessed. As a young man, Smith chose to take the college route and apply to The Citadel rather than head to Vietnam during the war. He graduated from The Citadel in 1966. He recounts his encounters at The Citadel and discusses his time following graduation being in the National Guard, where he witnessed a hospital strike here in Charleston in 1969. Smith details the challenges which came along with his apprenticeship during the process of becoming a Charleston pilot, as they spent the majority of their time on a boat. He gives listeners insight into the day-to-day operations as a Charleston pilot on a cargo ship as well as some of his own unique experiences. This includes experiencing DEA raids of foreign cargo ships, weathering hurricane Hugo, the recovery of the Hunley, and others. At the time of the interview, Smith was 77 years old and was planning his retirement.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

audio/mpeg

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/2011

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Original Format

Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are WAV files.

Duration

1 hour, 4 minutes

Interviewer

White, Hadley W.

Interviewee

Smith, Whitemarsh Seabrook III

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Whitemarsh Seabrook Smith III, Interview by Hadley W. White, 11 November 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 15, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/2011.