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    • Another Update: Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677


      Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

      The wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia, the U.S. Coast Guard told local leaders on Wednesday. See Capsized Vessel for previous update.

      2/3/20 Environmental Protection Barrier to be Built Around Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive

      12/13 Lightering of Fuel from Golden Ray Complete

      11/23 Removal of Grounded PCTC Golden Ray Could Take One Year
      Maritime Executive

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    • FOCUS ON – Darien, Georgia


      Darien City Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31-foot fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien, which is 7 nautical miles off AICW statute mile 651.5 via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring minimum 14 foot depths. Recent repairs to the docks add to the attractiveness of this lovely river port.

      Up A Lazy River… Enjoy Darien Georgia
      All along the 1,153 miles of Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, there are many rivers and creeks that meander off the ICW, inviting those with adventurous spirits to quaint, historical, charming towns and villages. Coastal Georgia offers several. About seven miles off the ICW, westward up the Darien River, the town of Darien is nestled in these barrier islands of Georgia.

      As you cruise through Georgia, take an excursion off the beaten ICW path, along the banks of the Darien River to the quaint town of Darien, Georgia. This part of the down east, Georgia low country is part of what is affectionately called the “Golden Isles”.  A small bit of trivia, it is said that the term “Golden Isles” was actually coined in the town of Darien. Sitting on the banks of the Darien River in an area of Georgia that is described by some as “one of the most important tidal estuarine environments in the world.”
      So, lets go…..anchors aweigh !!

      Arrival at the former Port of Darien, sitting in the midst of a vast coastal tidal estuary; among winding creeks with seemingly endless panoramic views of marshlands and small islands (called hammocks), you’ll find yourself surrounded with raw nature and fresh air. Your cruise up the Darien River will provide you with some interesting waters to ply, that have been used since the earliest days of the British presence in North America.

      Enjoy the warm welcoming hospitality, their rich cultural history, southern charm, yummy locally prepared foods, and fun specialty shops. It is said if you come for a day, you may want to extend your stay.

      Darien River Waterfront Park and Docks, welcomes you with overnight fees of only $1.00 per foot and this includes water and electric. Call this 912-437-6659 during normal business hours to make a reservation or after hours or weekends call 912-223-6821. Nice park area, adjacent to the town, and floating concrete docks, and welcoming hospitality, all to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

      Visit the historic sites such as Fort King George (complete with reenactments), the very first fort built on Georgia’s soil by the British.

      Visit Darien at certain times of the year and you’ll be treated to vibrant festivals held along Darien’s Waterfront Park and along the streets of its newly revitalized downtown area. You will want to visit the Butler Plantation and rice fields, old churches, cemeteries and monuments.

      Immerse yourself in a world where flowers bloom in every season, where butterflies and birds abound, and clear, blue skies form the backdrop for ancient evergreen oaks festooned with exotic, hanging moss. In November, the Darien Fall Fest features classic car shows, street vendors, helicopter and boat tours, fun for the kids, and musical entertainment.

      There’s something new to see and do around every corner.

      You might even find yourself listening to or trying to understand another language. That’s right, Gullah is a unique creole language spoken along the Sea Islands and adjacent coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. The residents in these areas of Georgia are typically referred to as “Geechee”. Gullah language began as a simplified form of communication among people of different languages including Europeans and diverse African ethnic groups. The vocabulary and grammatical roots come from European and African languages. Gullah Geechee language is the only distinctly African creole language in the United States and has influenced traditional Southern vocabulary and speech patterns. The culture and fascinating history and lives of the Gullah Geechee folks are an important part of this area of Georgia. You can learn more here: https://gullahgeecheecorridor.org

      Want to get off the boat for a few days; enjoy a long warm shower after a day of sightseeing around Darien and surrounding area; then sink into the charm and comfort of the Darien Waterfront Inn Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy sitting on the porch and let the gentle breezes soothe your soul. JoAnn Viera offers this relaxing, renewing, river front sanctuary, for your enjoyment. They also offer free shuttle service to the grocery store so you can re-supply before continuing on.
      https://www.darienwaterfrontinn.com/

      If you need supplies, the First Georgia Hardware and Marine Supply store is only a few hundred yards from the Darien Waterfront Docks and Park.

      Fresh produce and seasonal favorites are available within a very short walk to “Turnip Greens Country Market”. You just can’t beat fresh !

      Speaking of “fresh”, if you want a break from preparing meals, you are in for a treat, as there are a number of places to enjoy fresh, local dishes prepared only as these fine folks can do. Just to mention some that others have spoken favorably about are the, Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, Blue Bay Mexican, B&J’s Seafood, and Skipper’s Fish Camp.

      There are floating docks at Skippers and the first 48 hours are free. No water or electric, but we did say “free” for 48 hours. Puts you right at the kitchen door, almost on their riverfront porch. Skippers Fish Camp is located just under and on the west side of the Highway-17 bridge. It is, a great place to meet and make new friends while dining in this wonderful down-east, coastal town atmosphere.

      Be sure to check out the bar and table tops, fashioned from timbers that had been floated down the Altamaha River from the interior during Darien’s days as a major port for timber export in the late 1800s. These milled timbers, salvaged from Brunswick, Georgia’s Oglethorpe Hotel, were saved and used as double flooring in Skippers Seafood Company’s legendary “poker shack”. The Oglethorpe Hotel was used in the Hollywood movie, The View from Pompeii’s Head. So, when you eat in the restaurant or hoist a cool one at the bar, you will be enjoying Georgia history and Hollywood history as well!

      Here’s what some of those who’ve visited by boat have said about the good times they enjoyed during their visits to Darien:

      Darien is a very pleasant side trip off the AICW, located 7 miles west of the AICW between Dolby and Altamaha Sounds at about MP 651. Turn into the Darien River at AICW Red 184, keeping it to port when turning into the river. Once past this point, markers are red-right-returning. The river is generally wide and deep. Pay particular attention to Red 12 and nearly adjacent Red 14, as their position in the river looks like they should be green, but they are RED. Keep between them and the nearby south bank. The rest of the trip is straight forward. Keep to the outside on turns and watch for floating vegetation. The outside of the last dock is usually open for transients and can handle large boats, depending on room at the time. Call ahead at 912-437-6659 to check availability. Approach to the facing dock into the current is easy and if you call ahead, Dockmaster Wyn will catch your lines. If you like the lowlands, this is a beautiful and wild stretch. The town is delightful and within a few blocks of the floating docks. Plenty for cruisers to do for a couple days. Because it can take some time to get there, depending on direction of the current. Darien is best as a visit destination and not a quick stopover along the AICW, at least for us slow boats. Darien rates are a dollar a foot including water and 30 amp electric, and I was told they will soon have free bicycles for use of overnight guests. Fuel is available at a nearby service station.
      Frederick B.

      Found plenty of water on the Darien river. Chose to dock here to wait for tide to transit Little Mud creek.
      It is 7 miles up the river, but was more than worth it. The volunteer dockmaster was very friendly and
      helpful. Dinner at Skippers was great and the best Key Lime pie ever!…………. A. B.

      We just spent a couple days on the town dock in Darien GA… This town is very boater friendly and the
      people were welcoming. We received a complimentary glass of wine one night while visiting the
      Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, who also had live entertainment and a great wine selection. We ate some of the best shrimp we’ve tasted at B&J Seafood. We visited King George Fort and the Rice Plantation.

      Well worth a visit. A must do!… R & T

      A quaint shrimping town N of Brunswick and well worth the stop… Floating concrete docks are
      conveniently located right downtown…. Great food within walking distance – we’ve tried Skippers, B&J’s,….. all outstanding. Fort King George is an interesting historic site and the town has great bicycle trails around the perimeter of the city and within. The historic Butler rice plantation is 1 mile south,
      Piggly Wiggly is 1.2 miles away, and a well-stocked Hardware/Marine Supply store is a couple of blocks away…W and R

      For our boating friends, coming by water, check your charts and you will see that the Darien River offers plenty of depth most of the way. There are some skinny places as you get up river, but doable. I would recommend traveling on no less than half-tide rising. Here’s a chartlet from Cruisers Net, https://cruisersnet.net/

      when turning into the river. Once past this point, markers are red-right-returning. The river is generally wide and deep. Pay particular attention to Red 12 and nearly adjacent Red 14, as their position in the river looks like they should be green, but they are RED. Keep between them and the nearby south bank. The rest of the trip is straight forward.

      If you cannot come by sea, then please do so by land. Take time to enjoy a very special slice of down-east, coastal Georgia’s hospitality. Just a hop, skip, and jump off Interstate 95 and you are in the heart of Darien. Take exit 49 off I-95 onto Georgia State Highway#251 which leads you into US Hwy 17 and you are there.

      Now that you know a little more about Darien, you are invited to visit and take a closer look at this very special place and enjoy some of its unique offerings. You will remember Darien as one of those towns where you had a great time and created new memories. Here’s a link to their website, take a look and plan this Fall to visit Darien.
      http://www.cityofdarienga.com/en/ct-menu-item-15/ct-menu-item-21

      © Salty Southeast Cruisers Net, LLC

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    • Still More and Photos from Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677

      The pilot on board the capsized car carrier Golden Ray deliberately took the vessel out of the channel and grounded her, according to a report in The Brunswick News. The 656-foot vessel capsized on September 8 in St. Simons Sound while heading out to sea with 4,200 vehicles onboard. See LNM Capsized Vessel.

      Golden Ray: Rock Operations Commence
      Maritime Executive

      Inside Golden Ray – A cargo assessment has taken place on the ninth deck
      Maritime Executive

      Rocks to be Placed Around Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive

      White Smoke Coming from Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive

      Golden Ray to be Disassembled on Location
      Maritime Executive

      Overturned cargo ship to be disassembled in St. Simons Sound
      WTOC via Chip Plyler on Save Georgia’s Anchorages

      Pilot Deliberately Grounded Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive Newsletter

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      1. Bruce Hildreth -  October 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm

        I went to the wreckage area in my boat and observed that the Golden Ray was lying perpendicular to the edge of the channel. To me, that adds credence to the intentional grounding theory.

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    • LNM: More on Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677


      The capsized cargo vessel is within view of the St Simons Island pier just east of the Waterway’s turn south. A safety zone with 150 yard stand-off has been established around the vessel. The Coast Guard has confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is closed to some commercial shipping.

      SEACOAST – GEORGIA – DOBOY SOUND TO FERNANDINA – ST SIMONS SOUND: SPECIAL LOCAL REGULATION
      An emergency safety zone has been established in St Simons Sound, GA. On September 8, 2019, RORO, M/V GOLDEN RAY, was outbound from Brunswick, GA when the vessel laid over on its side. The vessel is in the channel at 31°07’39.66N/081°24’10.58W between St Simons lighthouse and the north end of Jekyll Island. The river is closed to commercial traffic unless authorized by Captain of the Port Savannah. No vessel is authorized access within .5 nautical miles of the vessel, unless engaged in emergency response. For further information, contact the United
      States Coast Guard at (912) 652-4353. VHF-FM channel 16 will also be monitored for any concerned traffic.
      Chart 11502 LNM 37/19

      9/19/19 Pictures: Golden Ray Salvage Efforts Continue
      Maritime Executive

      9/14/19

      The Captain of the Port has updated the safety zone around the Golden Ray. No vessel may approach within 150 yards of the incident site. Additionally, vessels greater than 500 gross tons remain subject to a half-nautical mile safety zone around the site and require authorization from the Captain of the Port to transit. 

      Boaters are reminded that response crews and divers are actively working around the Golden Ray. Caution should be used when transiting in the area.

      “We greatly appreciate the public’s patience and flexibility while we work to resolve the situation.” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon SoundCoast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download the high-resolution version.

      BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the remaining four Golden Ray crewmembers Monday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia.

      The crewmembers were transported by a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation.

      Salvage crews were transported by Coast Guard to the vessel at 8:22 a.m. to assess the vessel’s hull and at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, it was confirmed the remaining four crew members were still alive inside the Golden Ray and an extraction plan was developed to safely rescue them.

      Three crew members were safely extracted from the vessel at approximately 3 p.m. and the fourth and final crew member was safely extracted at 5:50 p.m.

      Coast Guard units and partner agencies involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT)
      • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
      • Moran Towing
      • SeaTow
      • Brunswick Bar Pilots Association
      • Glynn County Fire Department
      • Other response teams

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the Golden Ray, which is laid over on its side.

      The Coast Guard has shifted operations completely to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely and resuming commerce.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

       

      BREAKING: 4 crew members found alive in capsized cargo ship off Georgia’s coast
      NBC NEWS

      Coast Guard, port partners conducting rescue operation for 4 aboard disabled, on fire vessel in St. Simons Sound

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for four crewmembers aboard a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board Sunday morning in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia.

      Currently, 20 people have been safely removed and four people remain unaccounted for on the M/V GOLDEN RAY, a 656-foot vehicle carrier. The vessel is listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound.

      At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the M/V GOLDEN RAY had capsized in the St. Simons Sound. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of multiple Coast Guard assets.

      The vessel’s master and chief engineer are assisting authorities and salvage teams to develop plans to stabilize the vessel and continue rescue efforts. The GOLDEN RAY’s crew size is 24 people; 23 crewmembers and one pilot.

      Coast Guard units involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT) launched to assist

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, which is laid over on its side.

      Also assisting in the response are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

      The cause of the incident is under investigation.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

      At least 4 missing after cargo ship overturns and catches fire near Georgia port
      CBS NEWS

      Coast Guard rescues crew members from disabled cargo vessel in Brunswick

      Hoist Footage

      A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoists crewmembers from the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray after the vessel became disabled and started to list in the St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. The Golden Ray had 24 people on board and 20 of the 24 people have been rescued with 4 unaccounted for. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

      Golden Ray

      The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for the remaining four crew members aboard the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray, in St. Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and other port partners rescued 20 people after it was reported the vessel was disabled, listing, and had a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download a high-resolution video.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

       

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      1. James H Newsome -  September 11, 2019 - 5:29 am

        The position indicated on this alert is not correct. The wreck is located on the other side of the channel very near Buoy G19. The best coordinates I can offer are 31°07'40.7"N 81°24'13.3"W or 31.127967, -81.403683

        As of September 10 the Brunswick Harbor/St. Simon's Range (shipping channel) is closed to commercial ships, but open for recreational boaters with instructions to stay away from the wreck by at least one half (.5) mile. There are reports that the Coast Guard may reopen the channel for ships on a restricted basis so if you enter this channel pay close attention to Coast Guard broadcast on Channel 16.

        Boaters are also asked to report the location of any oil slicks to the Coast Guard.

        Reply to James
      2. James H Newsome -  September 10, 2019 - 1:46 pm

        There has been some confusion about the exclusion zone around the capsized ship in St Simon’s Sound. I called the Coast Guard station in Brunswick for clarification. The exclusion area is one half mile. Some people on social media are confusing “.5” with five miles. “.5” is 1/2 mile and one half mile is the confirmed restricted area to avoid at this time.

        The Coast Guard also confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is still closed to shipping.
        James H. Newsome

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    • Report from the Darien River and Darien, GA, off AICW Statute Mile 651


      Our thanks to Frederick Braman for this detailed trip up the Darien River and visit to Darien’s waterfront.

      Darien is a very pleasant side trip off the AICW, located 7 miles west of the AICW between Dolby and Altamaha Sounds at about MP 651. Turn into the Darien River at AICW Red 184, keeping it to port when turning into the river. Once past this point, markers are red-right-returning. The river is generally wide and deep. Pay particular attention to Red 12 and nearly adjacent Red 14, as their position in the river looks like they should be green, but they are RED. Keep between them and the nearby south bank. The rest of the trip is straight forward. Keep to the outside on turns and watch for floating vegetation. The outside of the last dock is usually open for transients, and can handle large boats, depending on room at the time. Call ahead at 912-437-6659 to check availability. Approach to the facing dock into the current is easy and if you call ahead, Dockmaster Wyn will catch your lines. If you like the lowlands, this is a beautiful and wild stretch. The town is delightful and within a few blocks of the floating docks. Plenty for cruisers to do do for a couple days. Because it can take some time to get there, depending on current direction, Darien is best as a visit destination and not a quick stopover along the AICW, at least for us slow boats. Darien rates are a dollar a foot including water and 30 amp electric, and I was told they will soon have free bicycles for use of overnight guests. Fuel is available at a nearby service station.
      Frederick Braman

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Darien City Docks

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    • Healy Report: Walburg Creek to Cumberland Island, AICW Statute Miles 623 to 711


      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg! For timely remarks on Cumberland Island Anchorage, see Anchoring off Cumberland Island.

      On Tuesday, 0/20/2018, Sanctuary and crew transited from Walburg Creek anchorage to an anchorage on the Cumberland River, south of St. Andrews Sound, off the ICW at Cumberland Island. Observations follow:

      We arrived at the Little Mud River at 11h00. The tide station at Wolf Island was reporting 5.1’+ rising. North to south:

      R184 12.9′
      13.4′ low water between markers
      G184/R188 19.6′
      10.2′ low water between markers
      G189 20.7′
      R190 15.1′
      11.0′ low water between markers
      R192 13.9′
      11.0′ low water between markers
      G195 11.8′
      10.9′ low water between markers
      R194 11.1′
      G195 12.2′

      The control depth was (10.2 – 5.1) = 5.1 and MLLW. Follow the visual center of the river on the straight section and SLIGHTLY favor the outside radius of the curves. We were too close to G195, but that wasn’t the low water anyway.

      In Altamaha Sound, you must clear R208 by at least 300′; stay to the far green side for the best water.

      In Altamaha Sound, clear G211 by 200′. There is a range there that will take you too close to G211, so do not follow the range; favor red for the best water.

      We arrived at Jekyll Creek and 17h08. The tide station at Jekyll Island Marina was showing 4.9’+ falling. North to south:

      G5/R6 11.5′
      G7/R8 22.4′
      R10 15.2′
      G11 12.5′
      9.9′ low water between markers
      G13 10.0′
      9.6′ low water between markers
      R16 9.7′
      G17 5.7′
      G19 8.6′
      6.1′ low water between markers
      R20 8.0′
      7.8′ low water between markers
      R20A 8.9′
      BRIDGE 10.2′

      We were at 1/2 tide for this transit. The control depth was in the vicinity of G17 (5.7 – 4.9) = 0.8′. Wow. Could we have been is a less than ideal place? Sure. But this creek is quite narrow, so it wouldn’t have made a lot of difference. There’s very skinny in that area.

      Jekyll Creek and Hell Gate are the two places we’ve seen so far that will require help from the tide for most boats to get through.
      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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    • Healy Report: Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA, AICW Statute Miles 539 to 619N or 623.5S


      Walburg Creek shapes the east side of Walburg Island and the Waterway lies on the west side. Good depths and great beach combing. My young daughters always declared the beach spooky because of the skeletal trees and dense forest to the east! While the creek has both a northern and southern entrance from the AICW, we prefer the northern passage, though there is still an unmarked shoal northwest of Middle Ground in St. Catherine’s Sound which must be bypassed. Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg!

      On Monday, 10/29/2018, Sanctuary and crew travelled from Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA. Following, some observations:

      We arrived at Ramshorn’s Cut at 10h15 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Daufuskie Landing) showing 5.8+ rising. We saw 11.0 ft, so (11.0 – 5.8) = 5.2′ at MLLW. The channel between G39 and R40 has narrowed further. We took the visual center.

      We arrived at the un-named connector between the New River and the Wright River at 10h38 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Hargray Pier) showing 6.2+ rising. We saw 12.2 ft, so (12.2 – 6.2) = 6.0′ at MLLW. Follow the visual center. Honor, but stay away from, the lateral markers on pilings.

      We arrive at Field’s Cut at 11h06 with the tide station at Field’s Cut showing 7.6+ rising. Southbound, take the visual center between G47 and R48, and line up on Field’s Cut. HONOR R48A, which appears off-station to the East. We saw 11.2 ft passing about 25 ft off R48A, so (11.2 – 7.6) = 3.6′ at MLLW. This was a surprise! We followed the visual center of Field’s Cut, favoring the outside radius of the turns. That 3.6′ area was the control depth of the cut. Cross-currents are significant at the Savannah River. Be alert for river traffic and cross currents.

      There was a large, working crane barge at the Causton Bluff bridge. It appears “they” are replacing that bridge with a high rise. Another surprise.

      We arrived at Hell Gate (MM600) at 14h18, with the Egg Islands Tide Station reporting +7.0 falling. Depths we saw:
      G87 13.5′
      G89 10.4′
      9.8 low water between markers
      R90 10.9
      G91 10.4

      So (9.8 – 7.0) = 2.8′ MLLW. Also note, as you enter this cut from the Vernon River, there is a STRONG cross current that will try to sweep you sideways. Boats will need some power and some aggressive steering to stay on the best route. We crabbed into the lee of the current at about a 20° angle. There is a prominent visual distraction just to the west of the marked channel. There is a piling left over from some previous danger mark standing prominently, while the red and green floaters that mark the channel are low to the water and hard to see. Do not confuse that piling as a valid channel marker. Follow and honor the cans and nuns in the water

      Net: the overall condition of the A-ICW continues to deteriorate. Most cruising boats will need some tide help to get through this section. Plan accordingly.

      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port Royal Landing Marina

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      Click Here To View the Georgia Anchorage Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Walburg Creek Anchorage

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      1. Richard Ross -  November 9, 2018 - 7:24 pm

        Passed thru Fields Cut on Nov 9, 2018, and found a minimum of 8 feet MLW at north end of Fields Cut. But there are two possible "gotchas". R48A appears to be off station, but it is not. For best water pass half way between R48A and the eastern shore. Also, be aware that once you turn to enter Fields Cut, (if southbound) you will be subject to strong cross currents.

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    • Report from Little Mud River Problem Stretch , AICW Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. Our thanks to Stephanie Wakelin for this report as posted on Bob423. And, as Skipper Wakelin confirms, Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. Also see the Healy Report  on Little Mud River from Fall of last year.

      10/25 – just went thru Little Mud River on rising, almost high tide. 7.5’ above MLW. The most water we saw thru the whole stretch was 9.9 under our 4.9’ keel. That means at low tide we would have 2.6’ under our keel, at best. Many spots showed 7.5’ and less. Essentially dry. Unless you’re in an airboat, don’t try it at low tide.
      Stephanie Wakelin

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    • Ahoy Historians: Request for Knowledge of Ossabaw Island Settlers, St. Catherines Sound, near AICW Statute Mile 620


      Georgia’s Ossabaw Island forms the northern shore of the mouth of St. Catherines Sound. Mike Dalton is asking about the history of Ossabaw after reading Claiborne Young’s Ossabaw Island History from 2013. If you have information about the early settlers, we would all like to hear from you!

      I was raised mostly in Wabasso Fl in Indian River County and I understand Wabasso was named by freed slaves the moved to Florida from Ossabaw. What can you tell me about some of our early settlers that left Ossabaw and moved to Florida?
      Mike Dalton

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      1. Jonathan Bryant -  May 6, 2018 - 8:43 pm

        The Ossabaw Island Foundation has a page suggesting some books.
        http://www.ossabawisland.net/ossabawbooks.aspx

        In my last book I dealt with the Morel family who at one time owned the island. Over the Last two decades Mrs. West has allowed the restoration of some slave cottages and several archaeological digs on the island.

        Jonathan Bryant

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    • Healy Report: Altamaha River, AICW Statute Miles 656-660


      The southbound Waterway passes through Little Mud River, crosses the Altamaha River to reach Buttermilk Sound via a twisting, often narrow and shallow channel. Cruisers’ Net thanks Jim and Peg Healy for this on-site report.

      Sanctuary and crew transited southbound through the Little Mud River, GA, see /167922 and the Altamaha River, GA, on 10/29/2017 between 08h00 and 08H50, about 2 to 1-1/2 hours before low (10h22, Ayetides app).

      1. Altamaha River – There is a marsh island in the ALtamaha River that extends from about R”202″ through R”208.” The ICW channel passes to the south of that island. The ICW channel-side of the island is shoaling. We transited mid-channel with the tide at Wolf Island, GA, reporting +2.6 ft. Southbound between R”206″ and R”204,” we saw one sandpile where our depth sounder reported 5.6′. So, 5.6-2.6=3,0 ft at MLLW. The remained of the run was 8.0 ft or more, about what we saw in the Little Mud River. Clearly, a developing hazard.

      2. Altamaha River – At R”208,” there is a shoal growing south from the south tip of the marsh island that extends well into the ICW channel. Jimmy was running a route mid-channel, not paying attention, and bumped. Bumped! Mid Channel! Dag nabit, I hate that! Tide for Wolf Island, GA, was +2.5 ft. We draw 4.3 ft, so that shoal is 4.3-2.5=1.8 ft at MLLW. Strongly favor green here (outside radius of a turn), but certainly, stay well clear of R”208.”

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
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      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570

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    • Healy Report: Little Mud River Problem Stretch , AICW Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River, where shoaling was reported as recently as September, is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. Cruisers’ Net is grateful to experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, for this report. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only.

      Sanctuary and crew transited southbound through the Little Mud River, GA, and the Altamaha River, GA, see /167923 on 10/29/2017 between 08h00 and 08H50, about 2 to 1-1/2 hours before low (10h22, Ayetides app).

      Little Mud River – We entered the Little Mud River at 08h02 with the tide station at Rockdedundy Creek reporting +3.2 feet. Our depth sounder reported not less than 8.0 ft, so the control depth for the Little Mud River would be 8.0-3.2=4.8 feet at MLLW, less on a celestial low. Favor the outside radius of the curves of the Little Mud River for best depths.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Little Mud River Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. This LNM was posted prior to Irma, so conditions may have changed in this Problem Stretch.

      GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – LITTLE MUD RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in Little Mud River between Little Mud River Light 195 (LLNR 36875 [31°19.9368N / 081°19.5191W, 31.332280 / -81.325319]) and Little Mud River Light 190 (LLNR 36865 [31°21.9727N / 081°20.0593W, 31.366211 / -81.334322]) observed depth was 3 feet at MLLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 36/17

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    • A Question about Kilkenny Creek Campground, west of AICW Statute Mile 614


      If you are familiar with the Kilkenny Creek area and have a answer for Skipper Strozier, please let us hear from you. Kilkenny Creek Marina lies along the western shores of Kilkenny Creek, west of this stream’s intersection with Lincoln Creek, all south and west of the AICW’s marker #106.

      Did Captain Jane’s parents own or operate Kilkenny camp ground?
      Linda Strozier

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    • Shoaling South of Altahama Sound, AICW Statute Mile 657


      Captain Wes is referring to a narrow stretch of Waterway northwest of Dolbow Island off Altamaha Sound and is responding to an earlier report of shoaling in Little Mud River, see /161445.

      Another area to keep a close eye on is just south of the little mud river starting around FL 4s “202” to daymark “206” passed through about 2 hrs after low water and bumped in the middle of the channel and the boat behind bumped as well, that was a surprise! Luckily just mud…. Both of us draft 5′-5″ were on plane so calculate how you like, I lose about foot [to 4’5″] while on plane. Like Terry I was transiting this same area the same day. I was aware of what lurked ahead as I’ve transited these waters for 15 years now, it always has my full attention!!!
      Wes

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    • Grounding, Little Mud River AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. SSECN continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. Our thanks to yacht delivery Captain Terry for this newest update. For a comprehensive report from Little Mud River, go to /?p=128659

      Navigated Mud River on Nov 30 boat 48 Viking, kicked up plenty mud, many seagulls following wake.
      50 ft Sport Fish hi and dry aground, missed the turn, soft mud, Sea Tow pulled off mud flat, no damage to boat or running gear.
      Terry

      12/8 Follow-up:
      Larry, there were four boats traveling together, I was on Lockout a 48 Viking en route from Manasquan NJ to Palm Beach, Sea Tow came out and pulled him out after the tide came in, it was around 15:48 Dead low tide (7ft tide swing). We all stayed over at St. Simon’s Island and met for dinner. There was virtually no damage to the 54 Sport Fish and the Captain had around 40 years experience. I will not mention the name of the boat due to respect. Remember it can happen to anyone. If it has not happened, with time it is certain to happen.
      Terry

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      1. wes -  December 9, 2016 - 12:13 pm

        Another area to keep a close eye on is just south of the little mud river starting around FL 4s “202” to daymark “206” passed through about 2 hrs after low water and bumped in the middle of the channel and the boat behind bumped as well, that was a surprise! Luckily just mud…. Both of us draft 5′-5″ were on plane so calculate how you like, I loose about foot while on plane. Like Terry I was transiting this same area the same day. I was aware of what lurked ahead as I’ve transited these waters for 15 years now, it always has my full attention!!!

        Wes

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    • GA DNR Hearing on Private Docks, October 27, Brunswick, GA

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      DNR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Coastal Private Docks
      Brunswick, GA (Oct 18, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

      The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.

      “The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”

      The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

      Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.

      Mail or email comments to:Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520; email: doug.haymans@dnr.ga.gov

      Additional information is available at www.CoastalGaDNR.org “News and Notices.”

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    • Side Bar: Post Matthew Story

      The owner of Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA reports that the marina’s sign was damaged in pre-Matthew winds and a portion of the sign with their phone number was lost. Days later after Matthew, a phone call was received from a boater in Vero Beach FL who had found the broken sign part! Thanks to Carmen Salemno for relating this remarkable tale!

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