The Waterway intersects the Altamaha River at mile 656 and runs in the Altamaha until entering Buttermilk Sound at mile 660. ALL cruisers traversing this section of the AICW need to be on maximum alert for the obstruction reported below! The Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters and a report has been filed with the USCG!
On August 2, 2011 while traveling North there was a large piece of concrete with rebar partially exposed about mid tide on the Altamaha River between daymarks 204 and 206.
Susan aboard s/v September Song
Is this new or has it been there? Is it in the channel; if so red/center/green side? Or, out-of-channel? If so, which side? Has the Coast Guard been notified? This is good info, but what’s also needed is a better description of the location in case we’re there when the tide is in. (Not that that every happens to me, tho!)
Thanks, Jim Healey
It looked like it may have been a concrete pier, it was near the middle of the channel but closer to the red. No the coast guard was not notified.
Susan aboard s/v September
Thanks very much for following up, and for the CG notification. That must be fairly new, but it sounds like a really bad hazard for the unaware! We’ve been through there many times over the years, and I’ve never seen anything in that area before. But, the area is shoal, shallow, and does not lend itself to error; looks like, favor green” is the new rule.
Actually, if the weather is right, we’ve taken to overnighting at the great Duplin River anchorage, then we go out at Doboy Sound and back in at SSI, or the St. Mary’s or St. John’s, to miss that whole Little Mud/Altamaha stretch. Too bad; we really love the salt marshes and the rural character of the area, but GA just does such a lousy job of keeping the waterway navigable! Maybe a hazard like this will get cleared before the fall migration.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
Currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
Monk 36 Hull #132
As noted by Captains Jim and Peg above, SSECN Eastern Seaboard Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, notified the USCG about the obstruction in Altamaha Sound/AICW. They replied:
Thank you for contacting the Navigation Center.
Your report concerning a hazard to navigation in the Altamaha River is currently being investigated by a USCG Aids to Navigation team. Please refer to the District 7 Local Notice to Mariners for any information regarding their findings. If deemed necessary, a Broadcast Notice to Mariners will also be issued. We thank you for your report.
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LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 33/11
The Coast Guard received a report of a large piece of concrete with rebar partially exposed about mid tide on the Altamaha River between Altamaha Sound Daybeacons 204 and 206. Mariners are advised to avoid this area. Chart 11508
Just passed thru this area today with our 7ft draft Catalina 42. Tide was at about about +6ft. Ran directly down the center and did not hit anything or see anything. Found about 7ft MLW.
It would have been good if September Song had indicated where they saw this obstruction. In the channel? To the side of the channel? Where was it?
We have worred about this for many miles down the ICW but having faith with the heavy volumn of boats going thru hear we would have heard something by now.
S/V Thate Wata
Catalina 42 Mk 2 Hull # 758