SINHG Assaults the Pinopolis Lock and Runs through Hampton Park

IH SINHGSINHG Assaults the Pinopolis Lock

Early Tuesday morning, a group of Seabrookers, well fortified with high octane coffee, set off for the wilds of Moncks Corner to take the Fisheagle boat tour to Lake Moultrie. The long drive was well worth the trouble. We met Captain Rick at Gilligan’s dock, boarded our 4- pontoon barge, and began to gently motor up the Tail Race Canal.

It was a picture-postcard day, and as we approached the old coal-powered electric plant at Pinopolis Dam the banks of the canal teemed with wildlife. Eagles perched in tree tops surveying all,corm while ospreys, kingfishers, cormorants, laughing gulls and both white and brown pelicans grazed the water line.

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The lock is one of the tallest in the world, bridging 75 feet from the surface of the canal to Lake Moultrie. Entering the lock was an awesome experience—even more so as the jaws of the lock shut behind us and it began to fill rapidly with water.

 

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After returning to the dock, many of us enjoyed a convivial lunch at Gilligan’s. This was a splendid cruise, one that SINGH will repeat next year. Thanks to Derek Fyfe for the wonderful photos.

 

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-Submitted by Carol Bane

and Runs through Hampton Park

Actually, we walked throughout the park, stopping occasionally at picnic tables to recharge while our guide, Carol Ezell-Gilson, with her customary notebook in hand, displayed photos and read short news clips of events that have occurred here. These bear witness to the many transformations of Hampton Park—from horse racing course, to Union prisoner-of-war camp, soldiers’ burial ground, World Trade Exposition, and more recently, zoo, and park. On its grounds 10,000 black freedmen gathered on May 1, 1865 to honor the Union dead—our first Memorial Day. Today it is home to many weddings, concerts and sporting events.


We also visited the Citadel campus where we learned about the origins of the school, watched cadets drill, and spent some time in the lovely campus chapel where Carol discussed the short but turbulent period when the Citadel admitted its first female student. Afterwards, many of the group continued to Fuel restaurant for a satisfying lunch.
Weather was absolutely perfect for this mostly garden walking tour of Hampton Park—a place, so full of history, whose gardens are now quietly enjoyed by all who pass through. We’re planning this trip again for the spring. Watch for it. 

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The statue where this photo was taken is a spot where we paused for Carol to discuss the Denmark Vesey statue, erected just 2 years ago to memorialize Vesey’s role in the attempted 1822 slave rebellion.

-Submitted by Kathy Pompe

 

 

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