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ICW Trip-Leg 16&17 Georgetown, to Johns Island SC MM 476.1

Saying good-bye to Lucette and Max


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Monday 12 November 2001

The Morgan behind us which wants to get to Charleston today left at first light. We were underway by 6:20. BAY BOY passed us and so did the trawler ALLEY CAT.
Near Belle Grove Mansion

Near Belle Grove Mansion


A big tug passed us by Belle Grove mansion.
Tug passes

Tug passes


I tried to see the Estherville Mansion from the water,
Estherville Mansion (obscured by seasonal foliage)

Estherville Mansion (obscured by seasonal foliage)


but it was obscured by 'seasonal foliage'.

We went into the Estherville-Mimm's canal and passed the Cat Island free running ferry.
Cat Island ferry

Cat Island ferry


Looking back at the ferry

Looking back at the ferry


There is about 20 knots of wind. There is a group of boats anchored in Alligator Creek - we see their masts. WAYWARD is one of them and calls us on the radio to ask about conditions. I tell them that there is considerable cross current (we are crossing a whole delta of rivers and creeks) and wind, but no waves.
Passing McClellanville

Passing McClellanville


MARY FRANCES (that we saw in GA coming up last year) passes us, and so does NORTH STAR the Gozzard that was in the South Mills lock with us.
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We get to Isle of Palms, and the wind is really blowing. We come in to the marina and they tell us to put the boat in between two little sailboats on the face dock. Bob lines us up about 10 feet away from the dock, stops the boat, and the wind blows us sideways banging into the dock with considerable force, fortunately right in the middle of the available space. We tied up by 2 pm after 53.8 miles or a total of 521 nm.

MM 456.5 Isle of Palms Marina- We figure this is the halfway point between the Potomac and Miami, The price is $1.25/foot ($25 min) and $3/30A. We had cable TV, but the cable was overridden by the strength of the broadcast channels so that the weather channel for instance, which was on channel 6 couldn't be seen. They were also supposed to have phone connections, but the lines were dead. There is a marine store and deli on the premises, and sometimes there is a restaurant. If you walk out to the main road, you can get a CARTA bus.

We are going to the Charleston Maritime Center tomorrow and will be visiting our son Rob.
Bay Cafe

Bay Cafe


We ate dinner at the Bay Cafe at the marina. The bill for two was $40.78

Tuesday 13 November 2001

Squashed fender (looking down on the dock)

The wind is blowing us against the pier so hard that the fenders are squished.
Squashed fender (looking down on the dock)

Squashed fender (looking down on the dock)


We can't get off the dock. So we decided to stay here.
Bob coming down the dock early in the a.m.

Bob coming down the dock early in the a.m.


Max went into town on the bus and picked up a rental car, and he and Lucette are driving back to pick up their own car. We will leave here Friday. We've canceled our reservation at Charleston Maritime Center.

They changed the combination on the bathrooms today and didn't tell us. We are picking up a rental car tomorrow.

Isle of Palms has a fascinating history. According to the IOP.net website:

"Originally named Hunting Island and then Long Island, it's thought to be at least 25,000 years old, and first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. The Seewees were said to have greeted the first English settlers to the area by swimming to the ships and carrying the travelers to shore." After the English visits, some of them were inspired to try and reach England in their canoes (which were all lost at sea in storms).

"During the Revolutionary War a British Army contingent of 2,500 men attempted to raid a colonial encampment on adjacent Sullivan's Island." Many men drowned and the attack was a failure.

"The area was of significance again during the Civil War, as a point of departure for the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel."

"The island remained without permanent inhabitants until the late 19th century when the island became recognized by locals of the area as a refuge from the summer heat and tempo of Charleston. The island was purchased in 1899 by J.S. Lawrence, who renamed it the Isle of Palms. In 1906 a 50 room resort hotel was built to offer the first permanent accommodations. By 1912, James Sottile constructed a spacious beach pavilion and an amusement park with Ferris wheel. Accompanying transportation developments enabled residents of Charleston to catch a ferry to Mt. Pleasant, and from there catch a rail trolley car to Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms."

Isle of Palms celebrated the 50th anniversary March 7-9, 2003

We had dinner at the Bay Cafe again. This restaurant is very handy to the marina and has a good view of the ICW, but is at the end of a dead end road and off the beaten track. It was empty each time we were there and has since changed its name. We had a long conversation on the second night with the only employee there - the waiter who was also cooking because the cook's wife was in the hospital having a baby. Claiborne Young's assessment of this restaurant when it was in business was that the food was ordinary. He was probably right, but it was good ordinary food. Our bill for the second night was $54.31

Wednesday 14 November 2001

We picked up a rental car and drove out to the AF base and Bob went to the commissary and put the perishable stuff in a cooler. We also went shopping for belts for the refrigeration compressor. We got various types - ending up with about 4 belts.

Then we went to our son's house, and he cooked stuffed apple pork chops for our daughter-in-law's birthday and we had cake. We got our mail that had been forwarded to him.

Thursday 15 November 2001

RosalieAnn at the Transient docks from top of restaurant

RosalieAnn at the Transient docks from top of restaurant


I got a shower, and paid for 2 more days. I took a pictures of the DeWeese Island ferry
Deweese Island ferry

Deweese Island ferry


which goes back and forth about every 45 minutes, and the DeWeese Island car ferry which only runs on Thursday - it is a barge pushed by a tug and they take construction equipment to DeWeese Island.
Weekly car ferry - Isle of Palms

Weekly car ferry - Isle of Palms


Deweese Island is near Isle of Palms - accessible only by boat. It is apparently a real estate development. There is accommodation, bird watching, fishing, etc.
Marina from Lounge with the car ferry

Marina from Lounge with the car ferry


I also took some photos of the big bread-loaf shaped boat in front of us (it is a golf tournament boat and Bob calls it the Big Mamu) . Her real name is THE CHARLESTONIAN. Apparently they charter her for golfing vacations and receptions. I couldn't find out the cost for a golf vacation but for a 3 hour reception - formal seating for 49 guests it is $3000 for three hour minimum.
The Charlestonian

The Charlestonian

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Crew washing down Charlestonian

The Charlestonian - a golfing tour boat

The Charlestonian - a golfing tour boat


From their website:

On the Charlestonian, it’s as if you are on the private yacht of a friend who knows the best bays, basins and waterways in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, can put together a great game of golf .. and sets a gourmet dinner table. With it’s six luxury staterooms, the ninety-three foot Charlestonian was designed to ensure gracious Southern hospitality while providing custom cruising itineraries and luxury golf charters along the Carolina coast. The Charlestonian combines the up-close and personal experience of private, small touring yachts with the onboard elegance of traditional cruising.

Then we drove over to visit Charlie and Sandy on WINDSTAR at Buzzard's Point.

We went to our son's house - we stopped on the way to have lunch (BBQ). We took our granddaughter out to a local parkBob and granddaughter walking in a park

Bob and granddaughter walking in a park

View from the park

View from the park

We went to see our grandson practice on the bike race track (pedal bikes).
Bike on the back of Rob's car

Bike on the back of Rob's car

Grandson

Grandson

Bike racecourse

Bike racecourse


Granddaughter waving

Granddaughter waving


We took them out to dinner afterwards. They wanted to go to a Japanese steak house, but we were following them around the city in the dark and my son couldn't find it so I suggested we stop at Red Lobster as it was getting quite late.
Lobster tank

Lobster tank

We had a nice dinner, the service was quick, they brought the children's food right away,
Granddaughter enjoying dinner

Granddaughter enjoying dinner


and the food was good. The total including tip for 4 adults and 2 children was $80.28

Marina from where the cruise ship was in 2003

When we got back to the marina, they'd moved the boat (Bob complained that they don't know how to tied up a boat). The Big Mamu had left and they had put a boat called WILLOW and a catamaran called DOUBLE PLEASURE in front of us. The guy on DOUBLE PLEASURE was 6'10" tall

Friday 16 November 2001

Bob turned in the rental car and I was moving things to the cockpit when I discovered that my pocketmail was missing. I ran out to the parking lot barefoot and waited for the rental car guy (Enterprise) would return Bob to the marina, and looked in the rental car, but it wasn't there. I called Rob (after I'd emptied every possible place on the boat) and sure enough it was there. He brought it to me and also the two pictures that Lucette sent them that they printed out for me.
Leaving the Marina

Leaving the Marina

Restaurant from the ICW

Restaurant from the ICW


We finally got underway about 9:45. We turned into the waterway right behind CASSIOPEIA from Canada who we first met in the Dismal Swamp. The Ben Sawyer bridge made us wait a little bit, but not much,
Ben Sawyer Bridge

Ben Sawyer Bridge


and we went on down past the lighthouse on the end of Sullivan's Island.
Lighthouse of Sullivan's Island

Lighthouse of Sullivan's Island


We crossed Charleston harbor upstream of Ft. Sumter. There was a ferry there.
Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter


TOURNE BRISE from Montreal that we met in Elizabeth City was behind us at the Ben Sawyer bridge, but they went up towards Charleston Harbor Marina.
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Charleston waterfront


Waterfront

Waterfront


We went into the Ashley River with the current against us, and up past the Battery.
Bandersnatch and the Ashley Bridge

Bandersnatch and the Ashley Bridge


I saw a big BLACK bus which had a name something like Royal Tours on it cruising slowly down the street along the waterfront.
Charleston from the river

Charleston from the river

Charleston waterfront

Charleston waterfront


When we came up to the anchorage in front of City Marina, we saw BANDERSNATCH anchored there, but their dinghy White Rabbit wasn't there.
Bandersnatch anchored in Charleston

Bandersnatch anchored in Charleston

The Wappo Creek bridge wasn't very cooperative, so we had to wait until 12:30.

The maximum current against us in Elliot Cut (4 knots) was to be between 12 and 1. Fortunately the Cut isn't long.

CASSIOPEIA turned off and anchored behind a little grass island. We came out into the Stono River. I had made a reservation at Ross Marine, so we headed there and tied up before 2 pm after a total trip of only 19 miles.
RosalieAnn at the dock

RosalieAnn at the dock


JOLIE DAME was already here. They were washing and putting away their dink. PENELOPE JAYNE and CJ VI came in afterwards (both from Canada). Last was a boat named ENKIDU from Wickford RI. There is a LOT of current here - the knotmeter says that we are going 2 knots in the slip.
My Shadow on RosalieAnn as I take a photo of the blemish on her side

My Shadow on RosalieAnn as I take a photo of the blemish on her side


Ross Marine is VERY isolated and there is not even a pizza delivery place nearby. It is a working marina with space for a few transients. It is within a day's travel from Beaufort SC, and has cheap docks (75 cents a foot, no extra charges). They have water at some slips, and electricity at some slips if your cord will reach. There is not even a bathroom available except maybe a portapot. When the office is open, you can bring a laptop up to do email. The marina has a 24 hour guard and he has to open the gate for you if you want to leave by car.

We think we have a reasonable chance of getting to Beaufort SC tomorrow. Maybe we'll be in Fernandina Beach by Thanksgiving.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:32 Archived in USA Tagged charleston isle_of_palms johns_island

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