April 24, 2016 – Sunday – Dudley Marina to Portside Marina in Morehead City – 24.6 statute miles traveled

The tides continue to shift to later in the day so we were able to leave at 0845 to ride the incoming tide for awhile.   Every time there is an inlet to the ocean we have a current assist on one side of the inlet and then buck the current on the other side. There was substantial wind but it was out of the north so we were on a lee shore and the water was fine.

It was a long slog down Bogue Sound but there are the outer barrier islands and then smaller barrier islands in the sound just along the AICW Waterway. The channel is still narrow with quite shallow areas to each side.

The Portside Marina had been significantly damaged by some recent storm so there was only one floating dock for transcients and it was in pretty sad shape. Still, it had sufficient cleats in place to figure out how to tie up and it would seem we were the only transcient boast at this marina as well. The amenities were quite nice and seemingly we had them all to ourselves.

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Portside Marina at Morehead, SC.

After registering we took a cab to the historical district of downtown Beaufort. We wanted to go to the North Carolina Maritime Museum there. It is a very nice museum and we learned a lot about the maritime history on the North Carolina coast.   This include quite a bit about Blackbeard (Edward Teach) as this was part of his field of operation and he had grounded his ship “Saint Anne’s Revenge” on the shallows just outside of the Beaufort Inlet.

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Model of “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, Blackbeard’s pirate ship

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Not Blackbeard but one of his contemporaries.

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Model of the archeological site where the remains of “Queen Anne’s Revenge” has been and is being reclaimed over several years as the season and weather allows.

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Always fascinating to me – the Fresnel Lens used on light housed to concentrate and direct the light according to a specified pattern out to sea

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Rescue pod from beach to ship – can you imagine being inside of this thing with the hatch closed sliding along a rope and coming through the surf – especially at night.  The rescue might be worse than staying aboard the ship

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How the whole thing worked!

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Flaking spindle used by tying a pilot line onto a projectile fired from a cannon over the ship that had foundered in the surf.  This line could be used to haul a larger line out on which the rescue pod would travel.

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A stop worth doing!

After enjoying the museum we walked the historic district of Beaufort and visited many of the shops along the way. We really liked Beaufort and think it is a town we would return to. We took a cab back to Portside and had dinner aboard while dealing with the continual boat wakes that made their way the half mile from the waterway making Sea To See dance. It seems that marinas with breakwaters are few and far between in this part of the country.

 

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