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.
Hi Girls & Guys: The Tern & I had a guest aboard to start our passage south! Alex Maranghides, a native of Greece! He works for our government as an energy expert on fires! He works out solutions on how to prevent fires from consuming our ships, homes, buildings & forests! It is an extremely intense job and he needed a stress reliever, so he flew north on a jet airplane and helped fly the Tern southto Atlantic City! Now some of you may think how can that be a stress reliever sailing a boat down Long Island sound into New York City one of the most stressful places on earth? Heck when we got to the East River Passage it was closed due to the United Nations Meeting. Going around Roosevelt Island going under a cable driven draw bridge was the most stress-full part of the passage. With four knots of current pushing us into an unknown height as the bridge was marked Closed on the chart plotter. Both of us stood in the cockpit looking up at the open span, with Alex at the helm saying "it's your call Mike". I replied "it's too late to call we are going under"! We both looked up our collective hearts beating loud enough to be heard over the engine. The Tern's mast is 45' off the water, the bridge 48' but you have to be up the mast to see the difference, from the cockpit it looked like a sure collision!