Log of Calypso

03 June 2019
03 May 2019 | Charleston, SC
01 May 2019 | Brunswick, Ga
27 March 2019 | Palm Coast, Fl
11 February 2019 | South of the Tropic of Cancer
26 January 2019 | Red Shanks
12 January 2019 | Georgetown, Great Exuma Island
07 January 2019 | Exuma
30 December 2018 | Black Point Settlement, Exuma
25 December 2018 | Big Majors Spot
21 December 2018 | Nassau, Bahamas
15 December 2018 | No Name Harbor, ICW Mile 1096
01 December 2018 | Anchored in Hope Sound, Fl
23 November 2018 | Vero Beach, Fl
23 November 2018 | Vero Beach
04 November 2018 | Brunswick, Ga
28 October 2018 | Minum Creek, SC
21 October 2018 | MCAS Cherry Point, NC
14 October 2018 | Somewhere Between Deep Creek, Va and South Mills, NC.
07 October 2018 | Jasper, Ga

Taste of the Dismal

03 June 2019
Jeff & Wendy
After crossing the Albemarle Sound in a brisk north component wind last week we pushed on, passing through Elizebeth City. That evening we anchored at Goat Island which put us in a great position for the 1100 locking into the Dismal Swamp, at South Mills, NC.
Cruisers we talk to about this “Alternate Route” of the ICW, either love or hate it. This was our 14th trip trough the Swamp, so you can imagine what category we fall into.

Although we’ve bumped submerged logs, dodged floating stumps & branches, and even had a tree fall across the canal, in our wake, meer feet from Calypso’s stern, this is a very special place for us.

It’s history dates back hundreds of years. George Washington expressed interest in the Great Dismal Swamp, in 1763. He along with five others formed a company with the desire to drain the Great Dismal Swamp for farmland. Construction of the Dismal Swamp Canal began in 1793 and was completed in 1805 but the constant flow of water from Lake Drummond never stopped.

Over the years, The Dismal Swamp has been a secluded location for duels, a key component for The Underground Railroad, and an inspiration for story tellers and several prominent poets. After his visit here Edgar Allen Poe wrote his, “very dark”, poem titled “The Lake” based on a Native American legend about a young couple who disappeared after searching for each other in the swamp.

Today, the Dismal Swamp Canal is “the oldest operating man made waterway in the United States”. It is the eastern boundary of the 14,000 acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

We stopped for the night at a small dock about six miles from the northern lock at Deep Creek, VA. It was less eventful than our last trip when we were visited by an armed, “City of Chesapeake” Park Ranger. He made it quite clear that we were not to overstay our welcome, as he pointed to the 24 Hour Dockage sign. This time no 24-hour sign & no ranger...;)

The next day we were underway to make the 1330 locking out of the swamp. It was nice to take a few minutes to chat with Robert, as you know, the worlds friendliest Lock Master. On to the Chesapeake Bay!

Hope you enjoy the YouTube!


Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages
Jeff & Wendy
Vessel Name: Calypso
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Fla
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