Tag Archives: Charleston SC

Charleston’s maritime history – The mosquito fleet

CH-spring-12-GULLAHThey were among the best watermen in Charleston’s maritime history, their small boats a familiar and beloved sight as they sailed out each morning and returned each afternoon with their catch. From the 1860s until the 1950s, the several hundred African American fishermen who worked the sailing boats of the mosquito fleet formed the core of Charleston’s seafood industry. They fished the creeks, rivers, harbor, and, weather permitting, the offshore banks. They would often go as far out as 30 miles to catch porgy, bass, whiting and, if lucky, a “jack fish.” “One by one they shoved off, and lay in the stream while they adjusted their spritsails and rigged their full jibs abeam, like spinnakers, for the free run to the sea,” wrote Dubose Heyward, describing Charleston’s mosquito fleet in his celebrated novel, Porgy. Read the rest here 13:58

Coast Guard puts off Oregon S+R base closing; Charleston SC still a question

The U.S. Coast Guard might be close to budging on plans to remove a search and rescue helicopter and shutter a base on the Stono River. A similar base in Newport, Ore., just won a reprieve. Whatever is or isn’t happening with South Carolina delegation members is being kept low key and largely under wraps. The Dec. 15 date is significant because it is after the election and four days after the scheduled expiration of a Congressional,, Read the rest here 13:12

Public hearing tonight on designating coast line for endangered sea turtles in Charleston SC, 7 to 9 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a public hearing on designating 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The hearing Tuesday in Charleston will be held at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Center Auditorium off Fort Johnson Road on James Island from 7 to 9 p.m.  The hearing will be preceded by an informational workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. @wcsc5