Another Grounding On “Cumberland Dividings”/AICW – Southern Brickhill River Intersection (St. M. 704)
Subject: ICW/ Crooked River
Cruising News: Previous suggestions to stay way left (southbound) from G59 to the “island that isn’t there is valid. I transited about 1+45 before low tide and found depths of 15 to 25 feet until we reached the island and then it started to fall off to 15 feet. We then slowly turned to G63 with good depths. We would not hesitate to go thru here at low tide so long as we followed the channel “uncomfortably close” to the green shore between 59 and the “island”. We ended up at less than 20 yards off by the time we got to the island.
Subject: Follow up to previous
Cruising News: Cumberland Dividings/Crooked River area:
At G57 – 12.1′
At G57A – 11.9′
Between G57A and G59 – 8.2′ (I proceeded directly from close abeam G57A to close abeam G59) Reading time was 2 hours prior to dead low, so subtract about 2 feet.
Again, whoever found and reported the best way to go through here is to be thanked big time.
Subject: Georgia MM 704 Red Marker 60A
Cruising News: Wed. January 13, 2010. Ran aground at Red Marker 60A AICW MM 704 despite all the warnings. We draw 6 ft and were north of the red marker by 150 ft or so and still grounded. We were about 3′ above MLW and were able to get off. The channel is very close to the shore line here. Cruisers with deep draft vessels should use extreme caution here especially approaching at low tide. Stay uncomfortably close to the shore line and approach slowly. Oh, I forgot to mention to forget the magenta line and charts in this location and follow the markers. We knew of the problems with the charts and shallow water and still grounded at a slow speed.
Capt J Price
Subject: Brickhill River at ICW
Cruising News: Came through this area 0n 1/14/10. The chartplotter posted on this website from October or November by Nellie D is absolutely correct. Stay way over to the green side at 60 and 60A. Go east of the “island”, which does not exist. We had nothing less than 12 feet an hour and a half after low tide. We heard three boats aground at 60 or 60 A, close by them. Stay away to the green side. Claiborne Young’s website will keep you put of trouble all the way if you follow it closely.
Yes, in this area ignore the magenta line and go way E. After several sweaty palms episodes there I have carefully transited and recorded the following waypoints (S to N) which give 17 feet at MLW:
South: 30d 50.85’N, 081d28.66’W
Mid: 30d 50.92’N, 081d 28.66’W
North: 30d 51.01’N, 081d 28.73’W
Stay uncomfortably close to the E shore AND track directly over the marsh shown (incorrectly) in the middle of the intersection. DO NOT hug the reds!
I just went thru this area and this is what I did. I went close abeam to G57, G57A and G59. Minimum depth for this was 8.2 feet between G57A and G59 minus 2′ for tide. So minimum would be about 6.2 feet.
Then I proceeded closer and closer to the shore ending up less that 20 yards off by the time I went by G59A.
I went over the `island’ and had over 20 feet. Immediately after the island depth dropped off to 15 feet and I slowly proceeded to turn right towardsG63.
Minimum depths along the shore was 20 to 26 feet minum two for tide. Stay away from R60 and R60A and R62A.
This was accomplished 2 hours prior to dead low.
I agree 100% with this report. I have my boat berthed at Golden Isle Marina, St. Simons Island, GA. I would recommend going off shore from St. Simons Island to St. Mary’s. If this section does not get you, Jekyll Creek will. Also it is much faster going off shore even at 7kts.
M/V Arctic Jasmine