We started out early from Charleston, and the AIS is tracking us fairly well. However, you can see that we stopped for a while along the ICW, and in fact we got stuck on a sand bar! These shifting sand and mud bars often cause problems for vessels using the ICW.
We spent four hours waiting for assistance but finally got pulled off the sand bar and got underway again. After we had gotten started and as we were cleaning up the back deck, we noticed a vibration in the starboard propeller shaft area. We decided to turn around and stop at a small marina. Tom and Chris dove under the Folger for a visual inspection of the hull and propellers but could see nothing amiss. SO…. we need to head to a larger marina to have this looked at, since we can’t run on one engine. This is really discouraging, to say the least, and it could mean a large enough delay that I won’t be able to join them on the trip north! The Folger has arrived at the Charleston City Boatyard as of 6:30 PM. Stay tuned for further updates.
Click below for video of the Folger being towed.