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In the Myrtle Beach, SC area, nice houses lined the ICW. Noreen had fun picking out her new house.
One of many nice houses in the Myrtle Beach area
One of many nice houses in the Myrtle Beach area
Even the bridges over the waterway were fancy.
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Our next stop was at a boat ramp dock outside of Southport, NC off the ICW about 1/2 mile.
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Southport NC

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We left the Southport, NC boat ramp dock at first light so we were not in the way of anyone launching their boat. We took a detour off the ICW and headed up the Cape Fear river to Wilmington, NC. Wilmington is a major port with ocean going ships. They travel alot faster than we travel so had to watch out for them sneaking up from our stern.
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Getting passed by a container ship
Getting passed by a container ship
We docked at the boardwalk in downtown Wilmington for two nights and explored the town.
Boardwalk at Wilmington NC
Boardwalk at Wilmington NC

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Wilmington had lots of places to check out close to the waterfront. The boardwalk ran for over a mile along the water and was a popular walking path.
Wilmington boardwalk
Wilmington boardwalk
The boardwalk was used for pictures by brides and Curt's Dream was used as a backdrop for one of the wedding parties picture.
Newlyweds
Newlyweds
We were there on Sunday morning April 18th so we walked to church only to find out you had to have a ticket to attend. This was system was used to limit the number of people in the church.
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There was also a railroad museum in town, so you guessed it, I had to go there. It was small but did have a large model train layout in the museum.
Model train layout
Model train layout
Model trains
Model trains
There were both "O" gauge and "HO" gauge layouts at the museum. Also on display, was and old railroad maintenance car that was used to transport workers to work on the rails. I also have a newer model of a railroad motorcar. I belong to a club that rides these cars on the railroad so when I am not boating I maybe out riding the rails. If anyone is interested in finding out more on this hobby, send me a PM.
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Also at the Wilmington railroad museum, there was a large wheel lathe that was used to machine steam engine locomotive wheels.
Locomotive wheel lathe
Locomotive wheel lathe
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One last picture from the railroad museum.
Working model steam engine
Working model steam engine

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There was about a 2 mph current at the dock when the tide was going out. When the tide was going out, there was a fair amount of debris (wood and logs) that floated by where we tied up to the floating dock. Some of this wood would get caught between the boat and dock and I would push it away so it could float on down river.
Wood caught between boat and dock
Wood caught between boat and dock
Later in the afternoon on Sunday as we sat in the boat watching TV, a loud thump was heard and the boat rocked. Looking out on the port door, I saw a large log had lodged under the port side of the boat. Getting out our docking pole, I was able to slowly push the log out from under the boat so it could continue floating down stream.
Log under boat
Log under boat
Log floating away from boat
Log floating away from boat

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Couple more from Wilmington, NC before we left on Monday morning at sunrise.
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We had a long day of travel as the only place to stop was at a small bay that bordered Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base. As we were setting the anchor, an osprey plane circled around us. This is a popular place for cruisers to anchor and we had 5 other boats that anchored there with us. This water was calm overnight with some fog in the morning.
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We waited until the fog burned off before leaving the anchorage as we had a shorter day planned. Our next stop was Beaufort, NC where we planned on staying for three nights. The marina downtown, which is also located on the town boardwalk, has a loaner courtesy car that we plan to use to get groceries and do some sightseeing.

The ICW runs through the Camp Lejeune military base for several miles. The military fires live rounds across the ICW to targets on a barrier island so boats are stopped when they are firing.
Warning sign
Warning sign
Beaufort is another nice smaller town where we are docked near the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The museum also has a wood boat building shop so I headed there first. They were building a cold molded hull boat that they started in November 2020.
Inside boat shop
Inside boat shop
Display at the NC maritime museum
Display at the NC maritime museum

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Nice trip pics! We've always have trouble with "Dead Heads" floating logs and trees on Lake of the Woods.Water levels fluctuate a lot so trees that are high and dry might float off when water goes up.(right now its really low) some are quite large. Years ago,the pulp loggers would load the pulp sticks on the ice in a big raft and when the ice melted,they would tow that bunch of sticks up through the islands to Kenora.One summer,the boom broke(intentional?)and we had thousands of sticks(4 to 8 inch diameter 8 ft long)floating in the Angle bay.The canadian indians were paid so much for each stick they retrieved .I called it a "make work"project.We're still finding a few.Now everything is trucked to paper mill. :D
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So was that container ship the one stuck in the Suez Canal? :lol:
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Great pictures and story. Much enjoyed.

The ship stuck in the Suez canal was the Evergreen EverGiven.

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That log was huge ! Wow .
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Some more pictures from around Beaufort, NC.
Boardwalk and city docks in Beaufort, NC
Boardwalk and city docks in Beaufort, NC
There is a deep water inlet from the Atlantic Ocean that was guarded by Fort Macon. Since we had the use of the marina courtesy car, we headed out to the barrier island to see the fort.
Model of Fort Macon
Model of Fort Macon
Fort Macon
Fort Macon

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Fort Macon
Fort Macon
After spending two days in Beaufort, NC, we headed North on the ICW to the Neuse river. Once on the Neuse river, we took a detour off the ICW and headed to New Bern, NC. We were meeting up with some friends that had recently purchased a 29' Ranger Tug. They will buddy boat with us for several weeks while they get fimiliar with the boat. We stayed in New Bern for three nights while they made last minute upgrades to the boat. This gave us time to explore the town. First stop was an old time hardware store, Mitchell Hardware.
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New Bern was where Pepsi Cola was invented.
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We took a city tour that explained the history of some of the old houses. The tour also stopped at the cemetery.
New Bern city cemetery
New Bern city cemetery
St Mary's Baptist Church
St Mary's Baptist Church
On April 26th, we headed back down the Neuse river to Oriental, NC. where we stayed at the free city dock.
Silos restaurant in Oriental
Silos restaurant in Oriental

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