Fleet Is In, Charleston

Fleet Is In, Charleston

These were taken a few days before this weeks start of the shrimping season. All the ships were being outfitted and maintenance done for last time before the daily grind.

Fleet Is In, Charleston
Fleet Is In, Charleston

From my perspective the huge nets and outriggers look like a twisted pile of ropes masts.

Fleet Is In, Charleston
Fleet Is In, Charleston

However, once they hit the open water outriggers are expanded from the sides and the nets easily flow from each side.

Well, that’s the plan.

Fleet Is In, Charleston
Fleet Is In, Charleston

The first day one of the boats from this pier dropped nets just like they have done each and every year.

However, a net snagged, the outrigger jammed, the boat was twisted and pulled right under. All in a few seconds. The three man crew jumped overboard and were picked up safely. The ship is lost.

Ellen and I watched that shrimper pull into port while photographing these boats. It was listing to one side and the crew were repairing an outrigger, probably the same one that pulled the boat over.

Dangerous job.

 

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