Elizabeth City to Beaufort - 2016
Elizabeth City to Head of Alligator River
|When leaving Elizabeth City on Sunday morning, the Pasquotank River |
was very calm and the reflection of the sky from the
water's surface was amazing.
|Most times when we are underway, Lizzie is outside in the cockpit |
with us while Captain Jack sleeps below. Lizzie is looking
at me as if to ask "Are we there yet?"
|The Alligator River Bridge, a swing bridge, opened for |
us and a power boat upon request.
|Fortunately, we met this tug pushing a barge at a time when we had|
plenty of water depth outside the ICW channel.
Head of Alligator River to Mouth of Goose Creek
|This is a typical view going through the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal. |
It was 22.5 (statute) miles long and took about 3.25 hours doing an
average speed of 6 knots with our engine running at 2100 RPM.
|Most of the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal was bordered by a large cypress |
swamp. In the morning, the reflection of the cypress
trees in the water was almost perfect.
|The water in this area of North Carolina is brown from the tannic acid created |
by decaying leaves and wood in the water. It creates a brown
mustache at the bow of a white-hulled boat like ours.
|The Fairfield Bridge (shown above) is one of two bridges that cross the Alligator |
River-Pungo River Canal--the other one is the Wilkerson Bridge. Both
are fixed bridges with approximately 65 feet vertical clearance.
|Like most days, Lizzie spent all day in the cockpit with us but today she |
was feeling exhausted because she couldn't sleep
all day as she usually does.
Mouth of Goose Creek to Beaufort
|By the time the sun was rising, our engine was warming |
up ready for another day on the ICW. This photograph
was taken at our Goose Creek anchorage.
|This shrimp boat, Sharon Nicole, was berthed next to a seafood processing |
plant just south of the Hoboken Bridge over the canal.
|Most of our time today was spent on relatively open water (Bay River |
and Neuse River) against a 5-knot breeze out of the south.