Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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The Charleston Maritime Center, found on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsula within walking distance of downtown Charleston, is proud to be hosting El Galeon’s first ever visit to Charleston. El Galeon will be docked at the Maritime Center until Monday, August 31 and will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., costing $10 per adult and $5 per kids.
From August 26-31, 2015 – The El Galeon Ship, the only galeón class vessel in the world sailing today. This historic tall ship hails from Spain, and will be offering tours of the unique and historic ship while docked at Charleston Maritime Center. El Galeón was recently featured in the NBC mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. For more information on this historic ship, check out www.elgaleon.org
The last known position of these two drifting hazards was 188NM due east of Charleston, SC.
ATLANTIC OCEAN -SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON: POTENTIAL HAZARD TO NAVIGATION
The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of (2) scientific deep-sea moorings lost and visible on the surface as yellow syntactic floats. Each would be carrying a cable/chain measuring 75ft below it with instruments attached. Each float has contact information “IF FOUND.” The last known position of the floats was 32-29-48.25N 76-11-28.57W. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution.
Because of The Spirit of South Carolina, built by hundreds of volunteers and based in Charleston, tall ships are of particular interest to Charlestonians. One will not be surprised to learn of an invitation to visit Charleston being extended to Oliver Hazard Perry in the near future.
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Sets Sail
NEWPORT, RI (July 17, 2015) – Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sailed for the first time yesterday in Narragansett Bay after she left the Hinckley Boat Yard in Portsmouth, R.I. to begin a journey up the coast to join the Tall Ships Portland 2015 festival. Anyone on or near East Bay Passage between seven and eight a.m. saw a truly amazing spectacle when four of the ship’s 20 sails were unfurled, one-by-one as crew members climbed aloft to set free the lines that secured them to the yards.
Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sailed for the first time yesterday in Narragansett Bay. (All photos credit Onne van der Wal)
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“This is a huge milestone,” said Jess Wurzbacher, Executive Director of the non-profit Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), “over the past seven years all of her movements have been under the control of tugs. The wind was blowing 12-15 knots out of the north to make it a nice downwind run out of the Bay, so it was great to watch the sails harness some of that power – it is what we have all been waiting to see for years.”
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century. She also is this country’s largest privately-funded, actively sailing Tall Ship, one of only 75 Tall Ships in the world designated by Sail Training International as Class A.
On July 3rd SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dockside at the Newport Shipyard for the “Homeport Rhode Island” gala. The annual fundraising event celebrated the unprecedented $16 million economic development project, which has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry. It raised $122,000 while also honoring the non-profit organization’s Board Chairman Bart Dunbar for his unfailing devotion to OHPRI’s Education-at-Sea mission.
Supporters gathered at Newport Shipyard for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s “Homeport Rhode Island” Gala on Friday, July 3. (All photos credit Al Weems, alweemsphoto.com)
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With orange being the color theme, most of the 450 guests were decked out in their orange best. The signature drink, the “Dunbar Fizz,” also was orange, and wait staff from Blackstone Catering sported orange bow ties. Cocktail hour included tours of the ship, passed hors d’oeuvres and offerings from a fresh seafood bar, while dinner was served under a giant tent with orange globe lights.
At the event, Dunbar acknowledged all of OHPRI’s supporters, and especially Admiral Tom Weschler, OHPRI’s Chairman Emeritus, who was in attendance, with helping the organization realize its dreams. “We are far from finished with fundraising,” said Dunbar, explaining that the focus will soon turn to the ship’s Education at Sea programs, “but it is a huge milestone to have the ship completed and going through its final inspections and preparations for accommodating students of all ages.”
Rhode Island’s Tall Ship will serve the youth from all states with its Education at Sea programs. It is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century.
South Carolina is proud to have the National Security Cutter James make Charleston her home port. NSC 5 is named to honor Capt. Joshua James, one of the world’s most celebrated lifesavers.
USCG’s New Cutter Sails from Ingalls
Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sailed away from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Sunday, July 12, one month after being delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard, HII announced.
The new built vessel James will be commissioned on August 8 in Boston before heading to Charleston, S.C., where she will be stationed alongside Ingalls’ fourth NSC, Hamilton (WMSL 753).
“James is an excellent ship and another example of the outstanding work accomplished by our shipbuilders,” said NSC Program Manager Derek Murphy. “Through serial production in this program, each successive ship continues to come down the learning curve. The quality remains world-class, as proven by the substantial reduction in the number of trial cards with each successive ship in the class. Ingalls shipbuilders have once again delivered an NSC that will continue to protect our nation for the next 40 years.”
The South Channel of Charleston Harbor is essentially the Waterway as it runs east/west from the Ashley River to the Waterway’s eastern harbor entrance into Sullivans Island Narrows at ICW marker #130. There is plenty of water on either side of the harbor channel in which to avoid the dredge equipment. Project dates are not given.
SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON HARBOR SOUTH CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barge, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. All operators should be aware that the dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables, which are attached to anchors some distance from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that they may be moved as the dredge moves. Submerged lines should be avoided. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredging plant. The dredge LEXINGTON monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners arc cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging operations will be conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work, a slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart 11518 and 11524 LNM: 25/15
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Of the six Atlantic coast survey sites, the Charleston and Savannah surveys will obviously be of special interest to SSECN!
NOAA targets busy coastal areas for hydro surveys
NOAA survey ships are scheduled to survey nearly 1,800 square nautical miles in the U.S. coastal waters of the lower 48 states this year, collecting data that will update nautical charts for navigation and other uses.
The Office of Coast Survey will manage the surveys that measure water depths and collect ocean floor data for charting, identifying navigational hazards, informing wind farm decisions, mapping fish habitats, and assisting with coastal resilience. Check the useful story map, 2015 Hydrographic Survey Projects, for the survey outlines and more information. We will update the map as weather and operational constraints dictate.
Briefly, this year’s 13 NOAA hydrographic survey projects are:
Gulf of Maine, where chart soundings in heavily trafficked and fished areas are decades old and need updating for navigational safety
Buzzards Bay (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), where increased use of deeper-draft double-hull barges – and possible installation of marine transmission cable routes and wind energy development — requires updated soundings
Rhode Island Sound, where the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has identified a wind energy lease area
Approaches to Chesapeake (North Carolina), where charts of critical navigational areas need updating for navigation and to assist the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manage windfarm activity
Approaches to Charleston (South Carolina), where updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
Approaches to Savannah (Georgia), where the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project will increase the authorized depth of the harbor from 42 to 47 feet and updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
Chatham Strait (Alaska), where charts need to be updated for cruise liners, ferries, Coast Guard cutters, Navy vessels, tugs, and barges that use this waterway on a regular basis or when avoiding storms in the Gulf of Alaska
Approaches to Kotzebue (Alaska), where deep-draft vessels have their cargo lightered to shore by shallow draft barges
Point Hope (Alaska), where shipping traffic is increasing due to receding ice but charted soundings are sparse and date back to the 1960s
West Prince of Wales Island (Alaska), where updated charts are needed by smaller vessels that use Televak Narrows as an alternate passage during foul weather
Shumagin Islands (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
Port Clarence (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
South Arctic Reconnaissance Route, where trackline data will assist consideration of the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed Bering Strait Port Access Route Study
North Coast of Kodiak Island, where we need to update charts for Kodiak’s large fishing fleet and increasing levels of passenger vessel traffic.
11/6: The recent fuel leak at City Marina, due to a failed connection, has been repaired, the area cleared by the USCG and the fuel dock re-opened. Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5.
Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below.
For a recent report on McClellanville, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144354
For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125717
For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129101
For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134342
Hi there. We just came through this area in the last week, a bit ahead of the pack, so thought we’d pass on what we found at the traditional trouble spots to help those who come behind us (a copy of what we posted on a couple of Facebook groups). Thanx for all you do.
Dan and Jaye Lunsford
SM 349-352 The Rockpile: This stretch has numerous rock ledges on the sides of the channel so its important to stay in the middle. Not quite as scary as it sounds, but its the first time on the journey that the ICW is anything but mud if you do make a mistake. The ledges are very easy to see at low tide, and there is plenty of water depth even at the lowest tide. On weekends it can be crowded with power boats who may want to pass you if you are a slower sailboat and there really isn’t a lot of room to move over.
SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time the tides here if at all possible. If you’re really motivated you can tiptoe your way through; we saw 6′ MLLW, but so much simpler to just give it a couple of hours.
SM 460 shoals before Ben Sawyer bridge: 4′ MLLW, so its really important to time the tides here. Favor the north side of the channel from before G117A to G119.
SM 471 Wappoo Creek Bridge: This operator is REALLY a stickler for time; bridge is closed during rush hour opens every 1/2 hour during the middle of the day (check the complex operating schedule) but if you aren’t waiting at the bridge before the opening, the operator will not hold even a moment but will make you wait for the next one.
SM 501-504 Watts Cut: Although not listed as a traditional trouble spot, there are numerous shoals to 6′ MLLW along this reach. In a slow sailboat it’s hard to time the tides to have water here, and also water at the next trouble spot.
SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.
Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW!
This correction of the opening schedule of the Wappoo Creek Bridge from last opening at 3:30 to the correct 4:00PM M-F time was prompted by a report from Ray Schmidt and follow-up by John Kettlewell, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144596. A request by SSECN to Michael Lieberum, District 7 Bridge Supervisor, for assistance resulted in the correspondence below sent to the bridge operators clarifying the schedule, hopefully, once and for all. Bravo to Officer Lieberum! and our thanks to Ray Schmidt and John Kettlewell for their participation.
From: “Lieberum, Michael B CIV” <Michael.B.Lieberum@uscg.mil>
Date: September 29, 2014 at 11:22:43 AM EDT
This office has receive a report that the Wappoo Creek Bridge is not opening at the 4 p.m. opening. It is understood that from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the bridge would be closed between June 1 to September 30th; however, the bridge could open at 3:55 p.m.
The intent of the regulation is that the last opening would occur at 4:00 p.m. and then close until 6:30 p.m.
(d) SR 171/700 bridge across Wappoo Creek Mile 470.8 at Charleston. The draw shall open on signal, except that from April 1 to November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, the bridge need not open except on the hour and half-hour. From June 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to March 30 the draw need not open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from April 1 to May 31 and from October 1 to November 30 Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, the draw need not open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Please instruct your bridge tender accordingly.
We will adjust our operations to meet your clarification stated below.
By copy of this email I am instructing our tender supervisor to direct his staff to accommodate openings of the Wappoo Bridge up to an including 4:00pm. This will carry through to the half hour and hour openings, so that last opening before the curfew will be at 4pm.
Please let me know if you need anything further in this regard.
Skipper Schmidt is not the first to be stymied by the complicated opening schedule of the HWY 171 Wappoo Creek Bridge. As I told Ray in my reply: Check SSECN first! We have the correct opening times listed as shown in the link below. Wappoo Creek Bridge with a 33ft closed vertical clearance is south of the Ashley River/ICW intersection in Charleston, SC.
Leaving Charleston the literature I had said the bridge will not open after 4 PM due to commuter traffic. When I got there at 3:45, I was informed that the last opening is 3:30, not 4. I anchored and waited until 6:30 with another boat that had the same incorrect schedule.
9/29/2014 Now this from Capt. John J. Kettlewell:
I just got off the phone with the District 7 Coast Guard office (Barry Dragon 305-415-6743) and he confirmed that the regulations call for the Wappoo Creek bridge Mile 470.8 to open on the hour and half hour until 4pm through November 30. When I said that apparently the bridge operator was telling people that the last opening was at 3:30pm, he said “We’ll get that fixed.” He further said that the bridge operators in South Carolina sometimes go off on their own with regard to schedules and they have to be reminded from time to time that they are required by law to adhere to the Coast Guard schedule. I was contacted by a boater who went through there recently and the operator refused to open at 4pm.
John J. Kettlewell
I suggest that anyone who does not get a bridge opening at 4pm immediately report it to the Charleston CG station (843-724-7600), which is right near there. I have had to do that before and the CG ordered the bridge tender to open up. Sure, I’ve seen the traffic backed up there and many other places, but until the regulations are changed the bridge tender has to follow them.
John J. Kettlewell
Stay tuned for a follow-up to this issue!
Here is an issue that few of us have heard about or even considered. Most of us slow-boaters and liveaboards are very aware of the damage caused by excessive wake and it is easy to understand how a waterfront resident might be tempted to add a private no-wake buoy. Some of us would even like to tow a no-wake buoy behind us! Our thanks to Tommy Braswell for this article in the Charleston Post and Courier.
Illegal No Wake buoys becoming a navigational hazard in S.C.
Legal or illegal?
For boaters in South Carolina, including Department of Natural Resource officers, No Wake buoys that are popping up in state waters are confusing and becoming a hazard to navigation.
So beginning Oct. 1, the DNR Law Enforcement Division will begin a statewide survey to locate illegal buoys in South Carolina waters. Once the survey is complete, DNR will then begin marking each illegal buoy and owners will have 30 days from the date marked to remove the buoy.
For the full story, see http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140914/PC20/140919744
As of July 4, 2014, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance) and Chart 11523 is also replaced with 11528. It expands chart coverage further east, covering an additional 345 square nautical miles that wasn’t on the old chart. The harbor entrance channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 465. And while this new chart is intended primarily for deep draft commercial vessels, it has value for all vessels navigating the entrance channel jetties which have prompted two recent Navigation Alerts: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142704 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=114481
UPDATE LNM: 34/14
Chart Title: SOUTH CAROLINA, CHARLESTON HARBOR ENTRANCE AND APPROACH 11528 1st, Ed 01-Jul-14
NOAA Chart 11525 has been withdrawn and re-issued as Chart 11528.
NOAA Chart 11523 25th Edition (South Carolina, Charleston Harbor Entrance) has been cancelled and replaced with NOAA Chart 11528.
Find information on obtaining charting products and a listing of authorized agents at
www.nauticalcharts.NOAA.gov for nautical charts and publications.
The Charleston Maritime Center is found on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsula within walking distance of downtown Charleston. This facility is very popular, but there is usually some rolling at your slip, due to strong tidal currents and passing wakes.
Recently stayed here for three nights. Tugs and boats leaving a wake is not the issue. A strong east winds (10 knots plus) and this is not the place to be. Other than that this marina is located well for walking and touring the city. If you bike go down East Bay St. and straight across the Hwy 17 Cooper River Bridge (protected bike/walking lane). Then you can take the boat taxi back if you like along with your bike straight to the Maritime Center. Nice round trip! Good views from top of bridge.
The link below takes you to an article by Prentiss Findlay, headlined in the Post and Courier as “Low-Tide Effect Grounds Boaters,” about three of our “favorite” spots: i. e. AICW Problem Stretches at McClellanville, Breach Inlet (Isle of Palms) and Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff. Every SSECN reader can confirm the troubles brought on by lack of dredging all along the Intracoastal. It is somewhat comforting that shoaling is finally making the front page of a SC newspaper. Will something be done? Keep watching your depthfinder and holding your breath!
Skipper Divers sends good news about funds for dredging:
This morning’s Charleston Post and Courier reports that Charleston County Council has appropriated $500,000 towards dredging the ICW at Breach Inlet and McClellanville. Here is the link: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140529/PC16/140529191
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This large anchorage across from Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a popular stopping point for fall and spring migation, as well as for visitors to Charleston. The often heated debate over the expansion of City Marina into the existing channel has been an on-going one for many months.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Department of Homeland Security
Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 6, 2014. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 6, 2014.