We’re still in Beaufort, NC. When 150’ sailboats remain on the dock, you can bet we stay there too! The winds have been blowing up to 40mph and there are whitecaps on the ICW. Of course, you can’t have a proper weather related stop without some rain and we’ve had plenty of that too.
We can pretty much count on losing all our power outlets on the port side whenever we have a sustained rain and today has been no different. We just can’t figure out where the issue is! It all comes back after it’s dried out, but there’s no obvious fix. You go Bayliner! In the meantime, we rely on power storage management and lots of splitters to keep all our devices charged up. At least the boat looks great with all that fresh water deluge.
Speaking of fixes, at least we addressed the fresh water pump problem. The new pump arrived on the evening we pulled into Beaufort and we had it in our hands the following morning (The internet is stunning. West Marine told us it would be two weeks to even find it! If you wonder why retail might be in trouble, there’s your answer).
OK, we’re not talking about cold fusion here, but N was pretty pleased with himself after swapping out the pump and having water flowing once more from the taps.
We’re relatively lucky to be here in Beaufort waiting for weather as far as the dock is nice and we’re right on the main drag of the little historic town with access to restaurants, bars, and various museums so there’s plenty to do.
We’re learning all sorts of cool things at the various museums where we stop. I guess we unwittingly left some readers hanging over the role of the railroads in the Civil War. Of course, if you go to a railroad museum, they’re going to have an outsized view of the role of railroads, but in the case of the Civil War there are some interesting facts. In the 19th century railroads were owned and operated by individual entrepreneurs. Much as the Civil War hinged on the matter of state’s rights, the operation of the railroads differed between North and South during the war. In the North, railway owners allowed the government to organize and operate their individual railroad properties in support of the military for the good of the union whereas in the South, their “government” had to negotiate with each owner every time they wanted to use the railway to move materiel leading to gross inefficiency. It didn’t help that the southern railways were running on at least 6 different gage tracks, or that there was no iron to remake tracks as the rails were destroyed. Indeed, in some cases rails were cannibalized for shot.
Speaking of museums, here in Beaufort there’s a great maritime museum with more fun facts to relate (did I mention we’re here waiting out the weather?!). We all like the Coast Guard, but did you know they started in boats called “revenue cutters” with the objective of chasing down merchant ships sailing up and down the coast to ensure the appropriate taxes were paid? Hmmmm…. but do we like the IRS?
Did you know German U-boats sunk a bunch of ships right off the US coast? At the height of the attack something like 27 ships over 177 days were sunk before we formed the Coastal Air Patrol to spot the U-boats and drop bombs on them. Even so, 78 ships were sunk off the US coast!
Finally, Beaufort is the land of Blackbeard the pirate whose ship was found not far from here a few years ago. Did you know that privateers were basically ship owners who signed up with one side or the other in a conflict and in so doing received a “license” to pillage ships of the opposing side? Hmmmm…. WN 3533SK, license to kill! No seriously, when the conflict was over, the licenses were rescinded, but some (like Blackbeard) figured why not continue?
Well, at least we were lucky to hit Beaufort for a weather stop when there was stuff going on. We got to see a boat show and a boat building competition.
OK, ok, going a bit stir crazy on the dock. B insisting, we go about 1 mile to see wild horses…. AGAIN…. before pushing north. Hope to get underway Sunday.