Through The Breech, Pelican

Through The Breech, Pelican

Pelicans and incoming tide make the ‘breech inlet’ a busy water way.

Through The Breech, Pelican
Through The Breech, Pelican

When the tide comes in fish follow. Pelican will fly to open water and follow the flow back to shore, catching fish along the way. This is one of the fastest and most dangerous currents around Charleston.

Through The Breech, Pelican
Through The Breech, Pelican

The breech separates 2 large coastal islands in Charleston. Today they are residential and close to each other and the mainland. Small bridges connect them.

Through The Breech, Pelican
Through The Breech, Pelican

In the early 1700’s the breech was made wider and deeper. All by hand. The purpose was to allow larger ships to sail through with goods from the plantations.

During the early days of the US revolution British forces landed here and were to cross the breech in a rear attack on Charleston. Maps did not show the depth, only boats could cross.

Th British forces were stopped by a smaller group of US militia and local Indian tribes (many tribes lived in the area in the late 1700’s).

The local forces had found building walls of the Palmetto trees stopped British artillery. The tree was soft and a ‘sponginess’ caused cannon balls to bounce.  The attack was stopped and Charleston was not occupied for another 4 years.

Through The Breech, Pelican
Through The Breech, Pelican

What that has to do with the Pelicans that fish there ? Well, I got side tracked while writing this LOL.

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