Traveling to Charleston SC

 



Today is Saturday and the wind has finally stopped so we can leave the beautiful city of Beaufort.  Our original plans were for two nights, however the weather had other ideas with severe storms, rain and then strong winds for four days.  This morning we were up and ready to go by 6:30 and so were the fisherman.

15002D4B-66D8-4ED6-AAC7-2127D5C8350DThey have a fishing tournament today for Red Fish.  They started the morning with the Pledge of the Legions being broadcasted.  What a great way to start this beautiful morning.  We waited for some of the fisherman to start leaving and then we left along with five other loopers.

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The sunrise was beautiful as we headed towards the J.E. Mcteer Bridge built-in 1981, connecting the island to Beauforts mainland.  The bridge was named after Beaufort County Sheriff Mcteer, who was the sheriff of Beaufort for 37 years.

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What a beautiful calm day to be traveling after all the wind we have had for four days.  We heading north on the Beaufort River, it’s in the streams category for Beaufort County in South Carolina.

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This area is called the Coosaw River ( still on the ICW) it’s wide and unobstructed.  We have to stay in the channel, Kent followed the chart plotter because the markers are spaced fairly far apart.  We have several loopers in front of us and Johnny and Liz (Anchor Down) are behind us.

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The area called Rock Creek was narrow in spots with marshy grassland backed by woods or hummocks of trees.  The water is very dirty and we are navigating at low tide.  We are also fighting the tidal current, therefore are speed drops down from nine m/h to below six at one time.

 

We are now traveling on a very narrow stretch on the ICW called the Ashepoo Coosaw.  This is a cutoff that jags in a northwesterly direction entering Rock Creek before it continues as a narrow land cut toward the wide Coosaw River.  The bottom pictures are the Ashepoo river, it was beautiful.

 

South Edisto River main destination is the Edisto Island that is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Edisto Island is home to the community of Edisto Beach and offers nearby deep-sea fishing.

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Beyond the North Edisto River , the ICW channel enters into the Dawho River at White Point.  For the first couple of miles on the Dawho we needed to pay close attention to the markers and be aware of shoaling in the curves just pass White Point.

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We went under the McKinley Washington Jr. fixed Bridge with 65 ft clearance.  A portion of the old remaining swing bridge is used as a fishing pier.  Before this bridge the ICW passed through narrow North Creek and Watts Cut which emptied into the South Edisto river.  This area is called the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge.

 

These pictures are of the North Edisto River,  Meggett, and the Dawhoo River that we traveled on the ICW.  This area is called Wadmalaw river some areas were beautiful and others you needed to watch out for the mud flats at low tide.

 

We passed this cruse ship American Star while we were traveling the Stone River.  They look pretty big when you go past them.  I showed Johnny the picture of the boat when we had dock tails and told him this was our next boat.  I don’t think he believes me.  The stone river narrows after the Limehouse Bridge and the ICW channel follows a winding path past Johns Island.

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This is called Elliot Cut there is one area that is very narrow, it has a strong current.  It was very beautiful going through this area but a little scary when you can see white caps.  As we navigated into the wider area past this cut, the water calmed down but we still had a strong current.

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We are now on what is called Elliot Creek heading toward Charleston, South Carolina.  This area is beyond what the pictures captured.  The homes are beautiful and the bridges are old and historic.

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This is called a tall ship that is at the Charleston City Marina.  At night we can see the lights on the tall ship from our marina.   They have red lights at the top of the mast so airplanes can see them.

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The old bridge is called the Ashley River Bridge which opened in 1926.  It was dedicated to South Carolina deceased soldiers from World War I.  It is known as the Ashely River Memorial Bridge and is one of four remaining in the state.

We arrived at Ashley Harbor Marina at 4:00 this afternoon after traveling  67 miles.  We were told this marina is hard to get into due to current.  Captain Kent did a wonderful job docking the boat and said it wasn’t as bad as he was told.

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This is what our marina looked like at sunset with all the boats.

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