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Archive For: NC1 – Dismal Swamp Route

  • Row Boat in Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

    Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28. Our thanks to Director Stewart for sharing this experience.

    We had the pleasure of meeting Victor Mooney, a gentleman who has attempted for the past 10 years to travel across the ocean in a mission to raise Aids awareness. He is a gentle spirit who has had some serious challenges, including running out of food, underestimating the rations needed to cross the ocean while expending so many calories, sharks and pirates……and is making the final journey to meet his family in New York.

    Row Boat. Victor Mooney.1 2015

    He came to the Swamp yesterday and stayed with us overnight. He deeply respects the waterways and those who travel. He even did not fault the pirates or the shark who put a hole in his boat……he stated they were “hungry”. He believes God has guided his path through all of this journey, even when he had to be rescued and stopped for periods of time.

    Row Boat 2015 State Park 2

    I would like to ask the boating community to keep an eye out for Victor. Show him hospitality and slow down and calm the wake if you pass by. His vessels name is “Spirit of Malabo” named after the capital of Equatorial Guinea. To read more about him, follow these links.

    www.goreechallenge.com
    http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/man-crossing-atlantic-rowboat-stops-ec-2963889
    goreechallenge@gmail.com

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike….take in the sights!

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  • Elizabeth City Happenings in September, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    So many wonderful attractions to lure you to Elizabeth City. The friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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    Elizabeth City, North Carolina

    Our mailing address is:
    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    400 S Water St
    Suite 101
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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  • Special Events in Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    So many wonderful attractions to lure you to Elizabeth City, the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway!. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.


    IN THIS ISSUE
    From the Chairman
    July-August 2015

    It’s summer in Elizabeth City! For those who live here, it’s a season to unwind, catch up with friends and head down to the river to catch a cool breeze and an outdoor event. For visitors, it’s the perfect time of year for a road trip, and we’d love for you to join us for a wonderful summer lineup. In this issue of The Wayfarer, read all about our fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show, an Elizabeth City tradition; the Mariner’s Wharf Film Festival, with classic American films; the Music on the Green Festival series, showcasing our talented hometown bands; and the arrival of the historic Chesapeake Buyboats reunion tour. The summer bridal season is in full swing, so make sure you view an elegant exhibit that just opened at the Museum of the Albemarle: I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015. After all that fun, you’ll probably be ready for a tasty bite and a good night’s rest. We’ve got that covered too. Just check our food and lodging guides, or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Center for details at 1-866-ECity-4U. Looking forward to seeing you by the water’s edge!

    Abel Sutton
    Chairman, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority


    Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City
    Nothing says Fourth of July like a bang-up fireworks display, and the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department really know how to put on a show! Join us on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park for live music, tasty foods, sack races, corn hole games, bucket pong and a watermelon eating contest. Then as the sun sets, kick back on your beach blanket and get ready for a star-spangled event as fireworks bloom over the Pasquotank River. Oh, if you have a boat, all the better. You can view the spectacle from our free public docks at beautiful Mariners’ Wharf. It’s all right here in Elizabeth, so plan to celebrate the Fourth with us!

    Say Yes to the I DO! Wedding Exhibit Now Open at MOA

    Expect to find something old, new, borrowed and blue when viewing I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, now open at the Museum of the Albemarle. This stunning exhibition features more than 100 wedding garments, accessories and other items that illustrate the area’s traditions over nearly two centuries. Among the treasures on view: a 1920s-era wedding gown and six-piece French hand-painted trousseau; ensembles worn by a bride and groom in 1884; and an original cornice and photograph of a most generous wedding gift presented to Ivy Blades Robinson, by her father William Blades, in 1914-a Neo-Classical Revival style home which stands today at 201 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. The exhibit will also explore traditions from bouquets and the exchange of wedding rings, to the honeymoon location. To complement I DO!, the Museum Gift Shop is showcasing many one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, as well as beautiful books on wedding styles and hand-crafted items to decorate a wedded couple’s new home. There’s even a special Wedding Experience interactive space to help wishful visitors plan their own dream wedding, from trying on gowns and tuxedoes to choosing china selections and icing a cake! Your presence is requested. Say yes to I DO! and visit the Museum of the Albemarle soon.


    Good Times on the Green

    It’s a fact. Elizabeth City residents love to socialize, especially in the summer when the sun goes down. That’s when you’ll find locals and visitors alike gathered along the green at Mariners’ Wharf. If it’s June or July, they are taking in a flick on an outdoor screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival. With a focus on classic American films, the 2015 festival opened with “Summer Stock,” “Rio Grande” and “Key Largo,” among other enduring films. The July lineup includes “Edge of the City” (July 2), “The Awful Truth” (July 14), “A Stolen Life” (July 21) and the original 1940 production of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (July 28). Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., and admission is free. In August, you’ll find crowds grooving to the sounds of the Music on the Green Festival. Showcasing homegrown bands (Elizabeth City has quite a few), the festival kicks off July 29 with Bobby Plough & Friends and continues for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings through Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. This season boasts an eclectic lineup of artists and genres including Mid Life Crisis Band, Brown Sugar, The Million Watt Sons and Bahia Caliente Tradoc, the U.S. Army TRADOC salsa band, plus more. Check the online schedule for all the details. Summer’s here! So grab a blanket or lawn chair, and mosey on over to Mariners’ Wharf. Whether you seek a film, live music or a cool river breeze, Elizabeth City’s got you covered!


    Elizabeth City to Host Historic Chesapeake Buyboats Tour, Aug. 5-7

    For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin. The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch. This year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    EC Spotlight: Andy Montero

    Restaurant owner and chef, Andy Montero is a man about town. When he’s not whipping up mahi and crab étouffée or ratatouille lasagna at Montero’s, an Elizabeth City landmark, he’s catering social events, serving on community boards or raising funds to support neighborhood schools. Now, Montero’s fans can learn more about his rise as a restauranteur and try out a few of his recipes, featured in a new book, Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast. Written by restaurant reviewer and food critic John E. Batchelor, the publication is part guide book, part cook book, covering popular dining spots from Corolla to New Bern. Look for Montero’s recipes for shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, as well as gingered salmon. Then plan a visit to Elizabeth City to sample these signature dishes for yourself! Chances are, you’ll see Montero too. Like we said, he’s a man about town.

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  • Dredging in Dismal Swamp Canal, ICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 22

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteThe onsite dredges and dredging equipment will certainly make the close quarters of the Dismal Swamp Canal even cozier, so SLOW DOWN and keep a good forward watch. The possibility of the dredging action pulling up stumps and logs is very real and could damage your running gear. The Lake Drummond feeder ditch intersects the Canal at Statute Mile 22 north of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP – DREDGING
    Southwind Construction Corporation will begin dredging operations within the Dismal Swamp Canal near marker 22 on 29 June through 29 July, 2015. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge KRISTI JOE and tender DANNY JOE will be onscene. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16, with a working channel 78. Floating rubber and polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse both northerly and southerly along the western shoreline of Dismal Swamp Canal to the adjacent Upland Disposal Area located along the Lake Drummond Feeder Ditch. Chart 12200 NM: 25/15

    6/25 And this news today from Donna Stewart at the Welcome Center:

    Larry,
    I spoke to the Operations Manager, Joel Scussell. He said he does not expect a lot of disruption and they will work 1700’ feet both north and south at the mouth of the ditch and 500’ into the Feeder Ditch. The contractor has done work in the past, with a good reputation and they expect to be cleared to 9’ in this location. I wish they had funds to dredge the whole canal. We will add this to our Wish List.
    Thanks,
    Donna

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  • The Albemarle Loop, Albemarle Sound, NC

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    For those who have not heard about the new Albemarle Loop brochure, I’d like to direct you to this website. http://albemarleloop.com
    Jack Atwell and associates have done the legwork to obtain some pretty nice amenities to encourage boaters to take some side trips along our beautiful waterways in Northeastern North Carolina around the Albemarle Sound. The coupon on the brochure or website provides the key to enjoying these free amenities while staying at participating marinas. For more information, visit their website. We are sharing the brochure with our boaters and they are available in numerous other regional locations.
    Contact Jack for more information.
    252-426-6555 Direct
    609-504-4598 Cell

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Click Here for a Photo Gallery of the Albemarle Loop.

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  • Winter Helicopter Rescue off NC Coast by Elizabeth City Coast Guard

    Here is a not-so-typical story of the dangers faced by our Coast Guard as they answer the needs of boaters in distress. Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

    Coast Guard crews battle snow, ice to transport injured boater

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    U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City prepares to land at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Friday. The crew medevaced and transported an injured crewman from a motor vessel off the North Carolina coast.

    The Daily Advance
    Friday, February 20, 2015
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard crews from Air Station Elizabeth City transported an injured crewman today from a motor vessel about 170 miles east of Oregon Inlet.
    The Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received a report from the 1,052-foot, German-flagged freight ship Dalian Express Thursday at about 4 p.m., stating a 62-year-old male crewmember suffered an eye injury while changing a valve in the engine room about 350 miles east of Oregon Inlet.
    To enable a medevac, the crew of Dalian Express, en route to Italy from Norfolk, changed course toward North Carolina to meet with a Coast Guard helicopter crew.
    A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched Friday from Air Station Elizabeth City, at about 5:45 a.m. The crews flew through intermittent snow and icing conditions before arriving at the Dalian Express at about 6:45 a.m.
    The helicopter crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 9 a.m.
    The man, whose name was not released, was reported to be in stable condition.

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  • Missing Canoeist, Albemarle Sound, NC

    This notice was sent by Susan Hinkle via Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this boater, please contact SSECN or Waterway Guide.

    Hi Mike,
    A Canoeist who was stopped in Elizabeth City NC on Nov 13-16, I believe he left on the 16th heading south, he is missing, his canoe was found overturned in Big Flatty Creek which feeds into the Albemarle Sound, in Pasquotank County. I was wondering if you could reach out to the boaters who get your email who may have been docked here over those dates, as I know he went over to speak to them after leaving my store on Saturday evening the 15th.
    Thanks so much – I hope he met new friends –
    Susan Hinkle, Owner, Page After Page Bookstore

  • Virginia Cut versus Dismal Swamp Canal

    The “debate” over which route is better has been going on for a very long time. The Dismal Swamp Canal route is almost one of those “either you love or you hate it” as shown in this article from November of 2013: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128524. Unless you are in a big hurry, SSECN has always preferred the slow, easy pace of the Canal over the Virginia Cut. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28. Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1.

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    Hi Larry,
    Well it’s that time of year again and we figure a lot of SSECN readers are thinking, “Virginia Cut or Dismal Swamp?”
    Diana and I are BIG fans of the Dismal Swamp route and for those readers interested here’s a link to a PassageMaker Magazine article we wrote to back it up!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3291490/magazine%20articles/PMM0514%20ICW%20Dismal%20Frugal%20Doyle.pdf

    And the Captains Doyle have sent us the excellent, complete section on the Dismal Swamp from their ICW CruiseGuide:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3291490/magazine%20articles/OTW%20CruiseGuide%20Dismal%20Swamp.pdf

    Stay in the deep water,
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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  • Unhappy Dismal Swamp Canal Traveler, AICW Alternate Route

    Most of the reports we receive from Dismal Swamp travelers are downright amorous! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=138522. There are occasions, after high winds or high water, when the canal may be trashed with extra debris and duckweed, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88326. In fact, it is sometimes closed to order for the ACOE to remove excess debris. Obviously, Captain Grimes came through at one of those congested times, and I hope you will join me in encouraging Captain Grimes to give the Great Dismal Swamp Canal another chance! It is a favorite part of the Waterway for many folks.
    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center lies along the eastern banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal at statute mile 28.

    We traveled southbound in August, 2012, at < 6 knots with two of us on the flybridge looking for debris in the water. We hit no fewer than 5 submerged objects. Fortunately, our hull sustained no damage, but we will not venture into the Dismal Swamp Canal again. We saw numerous floating logs tied to brush along the bank with flimsy rope.
    Capt. David Grimes

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  • New Video Shows Why You SHOULD “Do the Dismal”

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RoutePLEASE, if you have even the slightest interest in ever cruising the Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route, follow the link below to see a truly amazing video. The talented sailors who put this together employed one of those new drones for aerial photography. And, in addition to the canal itself, there are some truly stunning aerial shots of our good friends at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center! DON’T MISS THIS ONE!!!

    http://vimeo.com/94469647

  • Dismal Swamp Route Recommended, AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

    The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28.
    The Dismal Swamp Canal State Park Bridge, with 0 ft vertical clearance, is a small, pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the canal just south of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. This span had malfunctioned, and could not be opened. However, this situation has been remedied and the Dismal Swamp Canal is now open to navigation.

    These good comments about the Great Dismal Swamp Canal come from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s forum.

    Re: Dismal Swamp or other route:
    The Great Dismal, by all means. Passed thru that way last July in our 30′ Trawler, draft 3.4 feet. A great way to prepare for the hustle & bustle you will encounter at mile Zero and further north. Teems with wildlife and is almost empty of people & waterfront homes. It is anything BUT, Dismal.
    May you have fair winds and following seas,
    Bill & Bonnie Sweeney
    The Elissa II

    We like the Great Dismal Swamp route so much, that unless the canal is closed, we always take the canal route. The stops at Elizabeth City free town docks, South Mills, the Welcome Center and the docks south of Deep Creek Lock, all free, make this a must do. The canal transit itself it beautiful. Here are a couple of our blog posts that might give you some details.
    http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/elizabeth-city-north-carolina-harbor-of.html
    http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-great-dismal-swamp-canal-and.html
    Chuck Baier

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  • Good Words for Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center - Click for Chartview

    The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28. For the Center’s winter hours, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128131

    I have now been retired 3 years, after 23 years as Director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. I want to thank each and everyone who choose to travel the Dismal Swamp Canal. I realize the dockage is small but most the time it will meet your needs. It is the only place where you can witness nature at its best and learn of its history. Bike rides are available, clean restrooms and grounds. Try it once and I promise you will return……..”Happy Cruising”
    Penny Leary-Smith

    The Welcome Center has provided so much needed respite over the years while cruising. The staff certainly are always very informative, and encouraging no matter what time of the day we have visited. Its great to have ‘the Dismal Swamp’ available to us; such a blessful experience – its like riding down a country lane viewing nature in its natural sitting. For me its a ‘slice’ of America, kinda like Yellowstone (a piece of history that I wish everyone could experience). My husband as well as fellow cruisers we know, are praying that tax dollars don’t ever allow it to go away. We encourage everyone to try it – along with a stop by to talk with Robert Peak & say “Hello” to his pal, “U-Turn”; since he’s an extremely sweet pet, you might wish to have a doggie treat ready.
    Ginger Thompson

    Penny,
    Thank you for all you have done. This applies to all your staff as well. It has always been one of our favorite stops.
    Jim and Sandy Davis
    S/V Isa Lei

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  • Divergent Thoughts on Cruising the AICW Dismal Swamp Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center - Click for Chartview

    The recent closure of the Great Bridge Lock, which temporarily made the AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route the only inland option, has prompted discussion of the Dismal Swamp’s cruising characteristics, good and less than good.

    I am curious as to why our members are concerned about the Great Bridge Lock being closed. There is enough water and the locks are open on the Dismal Swamp Canal and the passage is prettier than the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. We have traversed both many times and prefer the Dismal.
    It’s true that there are more marinas on the C and A and you may have to run a generator at Elizabeth City or at the anchorage above the E. C. bridge but the distance is the same for each passage. True the lower Pasquotank River is open to the wind but then so is Currituck Sound.
    Jim Bertch

    Jim, rarely do I disagree with you, but this time I do! It cost us a pretty penny last time we went through and we’ve been there and done that, and we now prefer the Virginia Cut. OHH and BTW it appears that the Great Bridge Lock is open again. No word on whether it is permanently fixed or what, but right now they are operating on a normal schedule!
    Hans

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route Versus the North Carolina – Virginia Cut Route Primary AICW Passage

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center - Click for Chartview

    The recent closure of the Great Bridge Lock, which temporarily made the Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route the only inland option, prompted this discussion of the Dismal Swamp versus the North Carolina – Virginia Cut (a. k. a. the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) on the AGLCA Forum.

    Obviously each boater makes their own decisions but the Dismal is my absolute preference over the Va Cut. that said I am a shallow draft boat (3′) and have keel protected props. I have found that there are different risks for both routes depending upon your individual boat. We always thump something coming thru the Dismal but so far no damage, and also the Pungo for that matter. The Va Cut bridges are difficult for us to time, as we are a slow boat so we are often waked badly by inconsiderate captains on large yachts transiting the Va. Cut making a schedule. There is commercial traffic on the cut as well and the long narrow channel reach across the Carrituck Sound in weather can be a real bear. I also find that the approaches to the bridges on the upper end of the Virginia Cut has it’s dangers with the stumps lining that narrow channel. Often not visible until they poke out from a wake trough.
    So for us the very protected easy relaxing transit of the Dismal is the attraction and it has many more anchoring/docking options than the cut. When weather blocks the crossing of the Albemarle we often hang out at Elizabeth’s (sometimes referred to as Robert’s) Dock between the Swing bridge and the deep creek lock chamber. Deep water extremely protected free dock with easy walking to the town that has everything the cruiser could require in the adjacent shopping Center. No electric and sometimes you can get water if the tap is on. We prefer this spot to trying to jam into Elizabeth City among a backlog of boats trying to wait a weather window.
    Again the decision is of course dependent upon your situation and boat.
    cruise safe, stay warm but have fun

    We agree whole heartedly in preferring the Dismal Swamp route over the Dreadful Currituck Sound route. In our dozen cruises along the east coast we’ve visited the canal 10 times (leaving 2 for the Dreadful route). Same reasons mentioned in the above article, plus the canal and the river leading to it from Elizabeth City is beautiful and unhurried. We’ve never had an issue with our four foot draft. The new nature center is worth a visit.
    Bob McLeran/Judy Young

    Absolutely agree with the comments above. Add that a visit with Robert Peak, lockmaster at Deep Creek is one of the pleasures of the trip. For a small adventure, take the dinghy, canoe or kayak up the feeder ditch, use the marine railway to get it to lake level and enjoy the almost perfect roundness and natural beauty of Lake Drummond (just be sure to note a landmark so you can find your way back off the lake).
    If you visit the state park and walk or bicycle on the trails, take seriously the warning about Lyme disease carrying deer ticks. We didn’t and had multiple tick bites resulting in a round of antibiotics when we reached home a few days later.
    Jean Thomason

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  • Dismal Swamp Welcome Center Winter Hours, AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

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    Our thanks to Sarah Weeks of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) for this update on the Center’s hours.

    Greetings,
    The winter schedule at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center starting Dec. 1st is as follows:
    Monday – Saturday 9am- 5pm
    Closed Sundays
    Thanks,
    Sarah M. Weeks
    Assistant to the Director
    Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
    2356 Highway 17 North
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone: 877.771.8333 ~ Fax: 252.771.2055
    Web: www.dismalswampwelcomecenter.com

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  • Duckweed Largely Cleared at Both Locks and On Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteOur thanks to Director Stewart of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) for this update and photos below. For earlier photos, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=124791. And we remind you of the “Event Along the Waterway” scheduled for this coming weekend http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120878

    As many of you may have heard there is Duckweed in the northern part of the Canal. I wanted you share with you although you must come through the Deep Creek lock to get here, we are clear. I have a boater who had problems after locking through on Saturday and ended up being towed here to our dock on Sunday.
    I do believe the folks on the north end are doing everything they can to try to alleviate the problem. I know Robert has relayed they have had challenges. My boaters who had come through heading south last week stated they got out of the weed at about mm14. But we did have 5 boats come through earlier today and our stranded boater talked to 5 of them. He said only one stated an issue with having to clean his strainer……..I don’t know what to say, other than I would suggest you contact the Deep Creek lock for their status. Our South Mills lockmaster says he is clear as we are and we took these photos this afternoon (after Tom Hale called) to verify we are clear as well. I called Elizabeth City yesterday to see if they had complaints outside of the South Mills lock to ECity, but Susan reported she had not received any reports of problems. I’ll try to see if one of our boaters here tonight will call me and advise me of the conditions as they head south.
    If we receive further useful information, I’ll let you know.
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    10/18/2013
    We had several boats come in yesterday afternoon and were expecting four more after we left at 5pm. The boaters I spoke to said they had no issues locking at the north. Charlotte Underwood at the Elizabeth City CVB also asked her boaters about the trip from the South Mills lock to ECity and they reported no problems. This is what I’ve heard so far. Thanks for trying to keep all informed. Robert was not working at the lock yesterday, but the lockmaster on duty said he felt they were back to normal. I’ll try to check on the status when I go in this am.
    Donna

  • Praise for Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route, Statute Mile 50.5

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    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors at its City Docks since 1983 and it’s wonderful that Elizabeth City just keeps getting better and better, as one would expect from A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! A hot shower can mean so much at the end of a long day in the wind and spray! Dockage is free for 48 hours, however, we were once allowed to stay for three days when high winds prevented the Alligator River Bridge from opening.

    We had a wonderful stay for 2 nights at Elizabeth City after an eventful transit of the dismal swamp. The only navigation hazard was the duck weed [being cleared as of 10/17/2013] in and around the Deep Creek Lock. Robert is doing all he can to clear the weed which should be gone as the north wing abates this week, call him if concerned. We had a blocked strainer but after clearing it all was OK. After the DC bridge there was no weed to worry about and no other hazards for our 5′ draft IP45.
    Elizabeth City exceeded our expectations for free dock space and great hospitality. There is good shopping 1.5 miles from the dock and great shops and restaurants on the wharf. We thoroughly enjoyed a great value meal at Groupers! The visitor center had a Rose Buddies reception with free wine and cheese and it was great to hear about Elizabeth City and meet fellow cruisers. The museum is well worth the free entry and soon the theatre season will start too! Please pay these folks a visit – you won’t regret it!
    Devin Taylor s/v Moosetracks

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  • Improvements to Mariners Wharf Underway in Elizabeth City, AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route/Pasquotank River, Statute Mile 50.5

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    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors at its City Docks since 1983 and it’s wonderful that Elizabeth City just keeps getting better and better, as one would expect from A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! A hot shower can mean so much at the end of a long day in the wind and spray! Dockage is free for 48 hours, however, we were once allowed to stay for three days when high winds prevented the Alligator River Bridge from opening, as happened just this past week. Our thanks to Captain Baier for this news and photo.

    Construction has begun on the heads and showers and the contractor wants to have them done by Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of photos.
    Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach House

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    Showers and Head Under Construction

  • Good Words for Pelican Marina, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route/Pasquotank River, Statute Mile 50.5

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    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors to the City Docks since 1983 and we are proud to report that Elizabeth, NC is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Pelican Marina guards the Pasquotank’s northern banks, northeast of unlighted daybeacon #8, just across the river from the downtown Elizabeth City waterfront.

    Stayed here on Sept. 1 and was very pleased. This is great marina. Good bathrooms and laundry. very helpful and a ships store with good prices. Only 35.00 with power and water. A good restaurant next door.
    Danny Styons

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