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Our Mission

Promoting and supporting activities, awareness, history and education along the Cape Fear River in Downtown Wilmington and surrounding counties is the primary function of WHET.

About Us

Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust, Inc. (WHET) is a 504(c)(4) non-profit organization. WHET was formed in 1993 by Downtown Wilmington, NC property owners, local businesses and boating enthusiasts, who shared a common interest in promoting development of property and recreational activities along the Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina Riverfront on the Cape Fear River.

WHET will continue promoting activites and awareness of the Cape Fear River and surrounding waterfront, coordinate bringing tall ships to the area, and celebrating the history and education of our waterfronts in Southeastern North Carolina.

Our Accomplishments

  • 1999 - present WHET assists in getting floating docks on the downtown Cape Fear River

  • 2003 - present - WHET hosts tall ships in Downtown Wilmington, NC

  • October 2005 - 2014 - Invasion of the Pirates flotilla, pirate ball & treasure hunt

  • November 2014 - WHET hosted a banquet for the USCGC Diligence 50th year of commissioned service.

  • October 2015 - Present - Feast of the Pirates Festival

  • 2022 - Present - WHET participates in pirate events in Southeastern North Carolina

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