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By Mimi Skelton:
St. Simons Island — This is David Beard’s photo of the space shuttle taken from the St. Simons beach very early Monday morning.
It was very cold, clear, and dark. There were lots of stars and a little quarter moon hanging in the northeast.
St. Simons Island, Ga. — I was invited to my friend, Buck’s, birthday party at the Bowlerena in Brunswick yesterday. I don’t know how old Buck is, but that doesn’t matter.
For years, we have been amazed by the steady stream of huge cargo ships coming in and out of the Port of Brunswick, passing close by the St. Simons Island pier through the deep water channel between St. Simons and Jekyll Island. These giant transport boats, flying the flags of far-flung places and staffed by sailors from exotic places, are invariably followed by a much smaller yellow pilot boat. Standing on the pier or watching from the beach, we never dreamed we would have a chance to experience any part of their maritime routine. Turns out we were wrong. Thanks to some friends in the right places, we just took the most eye-opening boat ride we have ever experienced. After signing some official looking releases, we were welcomed aboard a yellow pilot boat for the roughly 26-mile round trip out the channel to the open sea, and back. “The Brunswick” is a 28-foot Zodiac operated by Captain Drew. His company, Sea Tow (http://www.seatowbrunswick.com/), is […]