We left Ashley Marina in Charleston, South Carolina early Sunday morning. The weather is sunny and no wind YA!!!!!!. As we traveled on the Ashley River leaving our marina we passed the sail boat Athena.
She is one of the largest privately owned sailboat in the world. Athena is 295 feet long, 40.3 ft wide, drafts 18.93 ft. and travels at 18 knots under sail. She was built-in 2004 by Royal Huisman boat yard in Netherlands, to combine traditional schooner style with modern sailboat technologies. Athena was built for Internet entrepreneur James H. Clark and is now for sail at a low price of $69.9 million.
As we passed by Charleston I took this picture and you can see five church steeples above the building. The tallest and most pronounced buildings in the city are the churches.
Here are some pictures of the Charleston Inlet (ICW) the water is so calm and beautiful. This will be a short day lonely navigating 40 miles.
This area is called Sullivan’s Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Sullivan’s island was the point of entry for approximately 400,000 enslaved Africans brought to British North America. The island was known as O”Sullivan’s island named for Captain Florence O’Sullivan who was stationed here as a lighthouse keeper. He captained one of the ships in the first fleet to establish English and Irish settlement at Charleston.
This is the Ben Sawyer Bridge a swing bridge that connects the town of Mount Pleasant with Sullivan Island. The bridge was originally constructed in 1945 and replaced in 2010. The bridge was heavily damaged during Hurricane Hugo leaving one end of the main span in the ICW.
These are just some pictures as we traveled the ICW I thought were beautiful.
This area is called Isle of Palms, the town lies along a narrow strip of land hugging the beach, separated from the mainland by the intractable waterways. The city has a total of 5.4 sq miles. There are large beachfront homes lined with palm trees. These pictures didn’t capture the beauty of this area.
Goat island was formerly inhabited by only a few hearty souls who commuted to their jobs by boat. From 1931 to the early 60’s goat island only inhabitants were Henry “Goat Man” Holloway, his wife Blanche and a herd of goats. For more than 30 years they lived on the island as hermits, and according to legend ate what the land and sea provided. The Hollows died in the early 1960’s leaving behind the legend of the Goat Man.
Here are some more pictures of the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway with small rivers and islands. This is a beautiful area to navigate on. If you look off in the distance sometimes you will see the inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.
We were traveling at low tide in an area where the ICW follows a land cut for about 10 miles that continues to have Shoaling. This area was very shallow and we really had to watch the depth finder and we even slowed down more. At one point we got off-center and turned up mud. Glad were not a sailboat we would be dredging.
Just more pictures of the ICW not much to see other than small islands and some homes out in never land.
We are now on Jeremy Creek and headed for Leland Marina our destination for the day. Hope we have enough water to get into the ship yard. Ya we are finally at Leland Marina Service in McClellanville, South Carolina and didn’t run aground coming in at low tide.
Now this marina is nothing to brag about except for the fresh seafood. It has a long transient dock room for four big boats and we were one of the four. We let Tom and Melinda, on the sail boat tied up to us, as no room anyplace else for them. This is a shrimp yard with a lot of shrimp boats they are fascinating to look at close up. Like the Jenny in Forest Gump.
This is a picture of who greeted us after we were tied up. He stay around to show off for a long time.
McClellanville is a fishing village overlooking Jeremy Creek with waterfront vistas. This community by the coast was originally inhabited by Sewee Indians until Europe settlers arrived in 1685 and formed a community. The town has fresh seafood and nineteenth century homes , with a population of 500 and situated on the Atlantic Coast surrounded by Francis Marion National Forest. McClellan village began in 1860 and the first store opened soon after the Civil War. McClellanville became and remains best know for its shrimping fleet and seafood industries.
St. James Episcopal Church built-in 1890 but the parish was established in 1706 by the Church of England. It was the first parish to be established outside of Charleston. This church is always open for visitors and services. Liz and got a tour of the old church it was a beautiful old church both inside and out.
There are many old plantation homes in McClellanville. You didn’t have to walk far to see them all, the town is only a mile long and not very wide.
We walked to the retail store and purchased some fresh scallops and shrimp. This was Kent’s kind of shopping. After docktails and this beautiful sunset I cooked Kent his scallops. We will have the shrimp for lunch tomorrow.