21-APR-2021 Wednesday Anchors Away Boat Yard, Hampstead NC to Adams Creek, Merrimon NC (73.0 nautical miles 84.0 statute miles)
Elevation: sea level
States (1): North Carolina
Along the Way
The first item on the agenda today was to swap out the props. While dancing in the current, waiting for a bridge to lift near Myrtle Beach the starboard prop hit something hard in 10 feet of water. Most likely it was a submerged piling from and old dock. yes dear... has had vibrations from her starboard prop ever since. We had our spare props sent up from Cape Canaveral so we could swap them out.
The lift is ready for yes dear…
We needed to check into the office before work could commence. It’s always an interesting walk through a boat yard.
The boat yard had an unusual approach for readying a boat for a lift. They walked the sling back underneath yes dear… untying and retying dock lines. Every other place we’ve been we’ve driven the boat into the sling.
Nothing but good vibrations from here on out!
The mechanic who swapped out the props has lived in the boat yard for the past 8 years. He invited us over to see his boat.
OK …. back to the office to pay our bill.
The ‘Carolina flare’ is a popular deep sea fishing boat in the Carolinas. The exaggerated flare from the bow to the gunwales keeps the topsides dry as it deflects the waves as they crash under the bow.
Paid, splashed and we were on our way.
The Onslow beach bridge is owned and managed by the US Marine Core. Land on both sides of the ICW is heading north is owned by the US Marine Core and used for target practice.
Entering the military zone.
They weren’t practicing along the ICW today but there were sounds of bombs and other large caliber ammo. It reverberated through us. Shelling took on a whole different meaning today.
With the wind at our back it turned cold every time we slowed down. We didn’t slow down often.
Bouge sound has barrier islands within barrier islands.
Heading into Morehead City
Heading north up the ICW towards the Neuse River.
It’s going to be a long night at anchor. The wind is gusting 34 mph and waves are 2-3 feet.
The origins of the Tar Heel nickname trace back to North Carolina’s prominence in the mid 18th and 19th centuries as a producer of turpentine, tar, pitch, and other materials from the state’s plentiful pine trees. “Tar Heel” was often applied to the poor white laborers who worked to produce tar, pitch, and turpentine.
The nickname was embraced by North Carolina soldiers during the Civil War and grew in popularity as a nickname for the state and its citizens following the war. It is also the nickname of the University of North Carolina athletic teams, students, alumni, and fans.
In its early years as a colony, North Carolina became an important source of the naval stores of tar, pitch, and turpentine, especially for the Royal Navy. Tar and pitch were largely used to paint the bottoms of wooden ships, both to seal the ships and to prevent shipworms from damaging the hulls. Tar was created by piling up pine logs and burning them until hot oil seeped out from a spout.
Drolleries and Yuks
Why are computers so smart?
~They listen to their mother boards.