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Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Boat

This vessel was stranded by hurricane winds and is now a popular target of semi-legal graffiti. 

Rotting away on South Carolina’s Folly Beach, the so-called “Folly Boat,” has gone from forgotten wreck, to beloved local landmark. 

Forced inland and ashore by Hurricane Hugo, the boat does not seem to belong to anyone. After it was discovered, efforts were made to find out who the vessel belonged to, but no one stepped forward and the boat simply remained at the spot. It wasn’t long before vandals began using the blank white hull as a canvas. Soon, painting the Folly Beach boat had become somewhat of a local pastime with regular passersby marking up the the boat multiple times a day with names, images, and all manner of scrawl.

Today, over 20 years later, the boat still sits on the beach and locals still can’t help but continue to paint it. The wreck has become the unofficial symbol for Folly Beach and some artists even decorate it with huge, intricate murals that cover the entire body. Everything from messages from high school seniors to wedding proposals to show promotion have been scrawled on the side of The Folly Boat. The graffiti is known of by the city but they don’t seem to have a problem with the beloved rebellion. The boat continues to have a change of outer layer of paint because the locals paint over the old designs multiple times a year to celebrate different occasions. 

Know Before You Go

You probably should just get a car and drive down and pull over. (Make sure you are all the way off the road on Folly! The cops are very strict about parking!)

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