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Tidal Creek Eco Cruise
Step aboard a Carolina Skiff bay boat and cruise through tidal creeks and marshes. Your experienced naturalist captain will point out nature wildlife and tell you about the diverse eco systems of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Shorebirds will dot the sky and you could see Atlantic bottle nose dolphin pelicans, egrets, sea turtles, wading birds, oyster flats and so much more.
Your captain will also tell you about local history on this six mile cruise through Charleston Harbor to Morris Island. This 840 acre uninhabited barrier island is accessible only by boat. The island lies in the southern outer reaches of Charleston Harbor. Its strategic location made it an important prize in the Union Army’s campaign to capture Charleston in the Civil War.
The Siege of Battery Wagner on Morris Island was a months long battle between Confederate troops and several United States regiments. The 54th Massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment fought in the siege and was made up of free African-Americans. It suffered over 50% casualties and was immortalized in the movie, “Glory.” The Union Army captured Morris Island in 1863.
Morris Island Lighthouse
You’ll land on Morris Island and be given an opportunity to explore this barrier island at your own pace. Get great views of the Morris Island lighthouse. The original lighthouse was constructed in 1767 but was destroyed during the Siege of Battery Wagner. The current lighthouse was built in 1876 and stands 161 feet tall. Morris Island has eroded over the years to the point that the lighthouse is now in the water. Be sure to bring your camera.
You’ll have time to explore the beautiful undeveloped beach, gather sea shells and take in views of the picturesque marshland. After your time beachcombing, you’ll board the boat for the return cruise to Charleston.
You’ll see a side of Charleston and the Carolina Lowcountry that few visitors to Charleston ever see. This cruise is an enjoyable blending of nature and history and beautiful sights that you will never forget.
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