Tag Archives: Boats & Boating in Coastal Georgia

Research Vessel Spartina, Sapelo Island

University of Georgia Marine Institute Boat Spartina at Sapelo Marsh Dock Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The University of Georgia Marine Institute uses the Spartina for estuarine research around Sapelo Island. It’s named for the thick cordgrass so abundant along the Georgia coast.

 

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Dolphin Tours & Shrimp Boats, Tybee Island

Lazaretto Creek GA Tybee Island Chatham County Captain Mikes Dolphin Tour Boats Ecotourism Coco's Bar Seafood Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Lazaretto Creek is located on the edge of Tybee Island and can be accessed at the Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier off U. S. Highway 80 or just over the Lazaretto Creek Bridge. It’s a great area for tourists and locals alike to stop and take in the salt marsh scenery. Georgia’s endangered shrimping industry is usually represented with a few boats and Captain Mike’s bright yellow Dolphin boats (in business since 1992) herald a boom in ecotourism. It’s really a nice contrast between old and new.

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Sapelo Island Ferry Katie Underwood

Boarding the ferry Katie Underwood  at Meridian

Passengers enjoying the sights of Doboy Sound on the Katie Underwood

Disembarking at Sapelo Island

Sapelo fading into the distance on the return trip to Meridian.

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Shrimp Boat Parade, Blessing of the Fleet, 2012, Darien

This was the 44th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Darien. It’s one of a few remaining on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Participants await their turns in the shrimp boat parade, which is the highlight of the Blessing of the Fleet.  From the eastern edge of Darien the boats parade toward the US Highway 17 bridge, receive their blessings, and return to the docks, all to the cheers of thousands of well-wishers. This tradition has grown into one of Georgia’s most popular festivals, including a weekend-long celebration featuring fine artists, musicians, vendors, and of course, the freshest wild Georgia seafood available.

I cannot overemphasize my support for the member fishermen of the Wild Georgia Shrimp Association. Most people don’t realize that most of the shrimp and other seafood they buy in grocery stores and markets these days is far from fresh, and originates far from Georgia. Chinese and farm-raised shrimp and fish have essentially taken over the U. S. market, but not only is their quality vastly inferior, its availability threatens the very way of life of the men, women and families who make their livings fishing in Georgia’s coastal waters.If you have the choice, only purchase shrimp branded with the “Wild Georgia Shrimp” logo or look for their decal on restaurant doors and menus. If an establishment doesn’t carry it, ask them why not. Though fresh seafood is always more readily available near the coast, the Wild Georgia Shrimp logo is starting to show up in more and more localities.

 

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace parade crew

Big Cobb

Captain Drew

Captain Jack

Captain Jack parade crew

Captain ZackKim-Sea-King

Lady Susie II

Miss BerthaSea Angel

Smokin’ Joe

Sundown

Wait-n-Sea

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Darien Waterfront

Darien’s waterfront is always a photographer’s delight.

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