Our Crew

Christopher Shoemaker – Owner & USCG Boat Captain
Captain Chris is a Bluffton native who attended local public schools in Bluffton and Hilton Head. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He spent his early years on his father’s commercial shrimp boat and his teenage years fishing, shrimping, and crabbing along the May River. When he’s not out running trips, he can be found at the May River Sandbar and fishing with friends.

Stephen Shoemaker- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Stephen is the patriarch of the Shoemaker family. He was born in Switzerland, South Carolina and his family roots are the oldest in Beaufort County. Stephen’s career on the sea started with the Navy then progressed to commercial shrimping where he met his wife Kathleen who ran the docks at Hudson’s Seafood Restaurant. He then ran the Haig Point Ferry to Daufuskie Island before retiring to work for his son Christopher and May River Excursions full time with his two first mates “River” and “Marsh”.

Matthew Shoemaker- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Matt is a Bluffton native and the youngest of the Shoemakers. He is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina- Columbia and now works for the Georgia Port Authority in Savannah. In his free time when he is not helping out May River Excursions he likes to crab, shrimp, flounder gig, or just ride around the May River like he did growing up.

Allick Inglis- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Allick is a Bluffton native who grew up fishing off his grandad’s dock on the May River and at his home on the Colleton River. He graduated from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and moved back home because the Lowcountry was the only place for him. Allick only works part time for us now after Hurricane Matthew, he has found a good use for his engineering degree in building and repairing docks.

Lucy Nicholas- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Lucy is from Florida and grew up spending her days outside where she developed her love for nature. She moved to the area when she was 18 and can’t seem to stay away from the May River. When she isn’t working for May River Excursions she can be found doing woodworking and arts and crafts.

Thomas MacDonald- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Tom is a new addition to the May River Crew. He was born on Hilton Head and grew up on Mackey Creek in between Bluffton and Hilton Head. Thomas grew up fishing and crabbing off his father and uncle’s shrimp boat until he was old enough to build his own boat with his father so he could explore the local waterways himself. He is currently a student at the University of South Carolina- Columbia.

Matthew Crowe- USCG Boat Captain
Captain Matt is a new addition to our crew. Matt is a Hilton Head Island native with family roots in the area for 50 years. He has always been on the water fishing or exploring rather than sitting on a beach. He is currently attending Clemson University.