Charleston Bimble

Beez Neez now Chy Whella
Big Bear and Pepe Millard
Mon 9 Jan 2012 23:47
A Little Bimble Around Charleston

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Charleston is the second largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It was made the county seat of Charleston County in 1901 when Charleston County was founded, named after Charles II. The city's original name was Charles Towne in 1670, and it moved to its present location (Oyster Point) from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River (Albemarle Point) in 1680. It adopted its present name in 1783. In 1690, Charleston was the fifth largest city in North America, and remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. In 1790 the population was 16,359. In 2010 it was 120,083. The racial/ethnic makeup of Charleston is 65.2% White Americans, 34.6% Black Americans, 1.6% Asian Americans, and 2.4% Hispanics or Latino (who may be of any race).

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The City Marina provides a courtesy bus that has various drop off points in town. One day we took it to West Marine as Bear can’t go too long without a chandlery fix, meantime I did a shop in Harris Teeter next door. Bear found me, and by way of a change he had a small, discreet brown bag whilst I had a full trolley. Today though, being our last day we went to be tourists. The bus dropped us at its furthest drop in Liberty Plaza. Great water features and a sign telling us that we are 4061 miles from London – a wee bit further to Beijing.
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The Port of Charleston, owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority, is one of the largest ports in the U.S., consisting of five terminals. Two are in Charleston, on the Harbour. Two are on the Cooper River in the City of North Charleston and one is located on the Wando River in the Town of Mt. Pleasant. Despite occasional labour disputes, the port is ranked number one in customer satisfaction across North America by supply chain executives. Port activity, behind tourism, is one of the leading source of Charleston's revenue. The port has links to one hundred and forty three countries, sees 2,300 ships annually, a huge ten billion dollar industry and awarded the Presidential E Star award in excellence.

Today Charleston boasts the deepest water in the Southeast region and regularly handles ships too big to transit through the Panama Canal. A next-generation harbour deepening project is currently underway to take Charleston's shipping channel deeper than forty five feet at mean low tide. Union Pier also includes a cruise ship passenger terminal and hosts numerous cruise departures annually.

In May 2010, the Carnival Fantasy was permanently stationed in Charleston, offering weekly cruises to the Bahamas and Key West, eventually to include Bermuda.



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Hurricanes are a major threat to the area during the summer and early autumn, with several severe hurricanes hitting the area - most notably Hurricane Hugo on the 21st of September 1989 (a Category 4 storm).

Charleston was hit by a large tornado in 1761, which temporarily emptied the Ashley River, and sank five offshore warships.



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After Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland (1630–1685) was restored to the English throne following Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate, he granted the chartered Carolina territory to eight of his loyal friends, known as the Lords Proprietors, in 1663. It took seven years before the Lords could arrange for settlement, the first being that of Charles Town. The community was established by English settlers under William Sayle in 1670 on the west bank of the Ashley River, a few miles northwest of the present city. It was soon chosen by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, one of the Lords Proprietors, to become a "great port towne", a destiny which the city fulfilled. By 1680, the settlement had grown, joined by others from England, Barbados, and Virginia, and relocated to its current peninsular location. The capital of the Carolina colony, Charles Town was the center for further expansion and the southernmost point of English settlement during the late 17th century.

The settlement was often subject to attack from sea and from land. Periodic assaults from Spain and France, who still contested England's claims to the region, were combined with resistance from Native Americans, as well as pirate raids. While the earliest settlers primarily came from England, colonial Charleston was also home to a mixture of ethnic and religious groups. French, Scottish, Irish and Germans migrated to the developing seacoast town, representing numerous Protestant denominations, as well as Roman Catholicism and Judaism. Sephardic Jews migrated to the city in such numbers that Charleston eventually was home to, by the beginning of the 19th century and until about 1830, the largest and wealthiest Jewish community in North America. Africans were brought to Charleston on the Middle Passage, first as servants, then as slaves, especially Wolof, Yoruba, Fulani, Igbo, Malinke, and other peoples of the Windward Coast. The port of Charleston was the main dropping point for Africans captured and transported to the United States for sale as slaves.



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Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city's skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-Catholics.



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America's most-published etiquette expert, Marjabelle Young Stewart, recognised Charleston 1995 as the "best-mannered" city in the U.S, a claim lent credibility by the fact that it has the first established Livability Court in the country. In 2011, Travel and Leisure Magazine named Charleston "America's Sexiest City", as well as "America's Most Friendly." Subsequently, Southern Living Magazine named Charleston "the most polite and hospitable city in America." The city has won the most polite award for sixteen years straight. One local said “We are over tourists and visitors like a cheap suit”. Everyone has been friendly enough to us.


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We went out this morning at low tide, returning to a much prettier vista with the tide in. It shows why Bear has to wash the anchor chain as he winds it in, it does pong some


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Meet our Oodle. When we met Steve, Maggie and Trooper in the Dismal Swamp they told us about Oodles. They showed us their one in Beaufort. Well we are pleased to report we have one living aboard Beez Neez. Their purpose is to guard against baddies; I immediately put ours to use on the upword board to protect me from bad letters and to thump Big Bear on the score. Result. Hmmmmmmmmmm. We have enjoyed our time here, time to move off in the morning en route to Beaufort (the one that is pronounced Bew-fort, South Carolina).