Hi Girls & Guys:
When one visits Savannah they think of a great tourist city, which for sure it is one of the best tourist places in the United States but they also manage to incorporate large ships! My friend Jay Ulrich from Savannah educated me on one of the little known facts about Savanna! Fact is Savannah Georgia is home to the 4th largest shipping container port in America. One would think it would be impossible to drive thousands of large trucks through the live oak tree canopy above Savanna’s ancient streets but these ingenious southern people have succeeded in finding a way around doing that! These huge behemoths go up the river past the tourists mecca and unload these giants right next to interstate 95. The Riverfront of Savannah is much the same as it was in the days of sail but fortunately it is located right next to Interstate 95. This makes it possible for large ships to go up the Savannah River past the tourist area of River Street and unload their cargo of thousands of trailer truck bodies unseen by the tourists except for these large ships passing by. One would not even know there presence if not for seeing these behemoths pass the riverfront on there way to be unloaded or loaded upriver. From there they are placed on wheels and hauled all over the US with ease.

Like the Island of Nantucket, ballast stones leftover from sailing ships cover the river front streets, walkways and buildings!Nantucket harbor is basically a straight in shot!  Think of what it must have taken to sail a ship in and out of Tybee Roads which is 20 nautical miles of a fairly narrow river with its twists and turns without the aid of the infernal combustion engines of today. As is true in the northern cities these sailing men came mostly from England to build the “Colonies” as they called us! During the Civil War Savannah was spared the wrath of the Union Navy thanks to the 20 mile sail which was relatively easy to defend in the days of sail.

A man named Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1713 and the downtown riverfront remains much the same as it was in the days of sail, cotton & slaves. Of the fourteen original squares twelve remain. That is thanks to the old ladies from the historical society that stood in front of the bulldozers. Olglethorpe was Landed Gentry and built a City of people that understood the value of having a superhighway (Savanna River) to all of the worlds oceans. When one travels the worlds ocean you become acutely aware of just how important the water is for movement of energy around the globes massive waterways (oceans). It was important in the day of sail and even more important today with almost no goods being produced in the United States it takes these mega ships to provide us with goods and energy from all over the globe! Though the beautiful streets are lined ancient live oak trees, draped with Spanish Moss giving the streets a canopy like effect, in this blurb my pics will, with the exception of Jay & his friends be a Terns’ eye view of Savannah. Most of the pics were taken while in the river with a few on the beautiful sail we had from Charleston SC.

Speaking of sailing englishmen my friend Andy, Master of Alice of Penhryn has made a safe passage of 12 days to St Maarten from Beaufort NC. Also my friends Ron & Le Ann have made a safe passage in Tavorisch II from Norfolk to the British Virgin Islands.

Savannah is the Sister City to New Orleans. I find Savanna a little more Gentrified than New Orleans but tons of fun just the same The food is excellent and reasonably priced! There are no large hi rise buildings in the City or at the nearby Island Beaches. If you spend an hour on the riverfront night or day you will see a least one ship of 50,000 tons or better passing by and when they do the block everything in sight. One ship will have thousands of tractor trailer truck bodies waiting to be off loaded and sent to all parts of the United States on the nearby Interstate Highways. The other interesting fact I learned while visiting Jay is that Savannah is home to JCB the largest manufacturer of Bobcat type equipment in the world. Jay was at one time employed by JCB and has since become a Master Gardener caring for estates in the city as well as the islands. While I was visiting Jay he introduced me to his friends from France and England co workers of his at JCB. They have manufacturing sites all over the world as well as ship these skidaways (Bobcats), from Savannah to all corners of the globe.

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I want to wish all my readers Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year. The Tern has had another rebuilt transmission installed here in Fernandina FL (Amelia Island) and we will get underweigh tomorrow for Cape Canaveral to meet up with Master Jim Greene, three time circumnavigator. His vessel Tango II is on the hard in Cape Canaveral. Jim and his wife and two daughters are on their way to the Cape to commission Tango II for a little winter sailing.

Hope you enjoy the pics?
Ciao! For now,