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Inside Beaufort Inlet is quite the archipelago, the largest island of which is Radio Island.  Let’s start from Front Street in Beaufort and circle.  Wild horses are there,

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as well as really minimal truckable tugs.

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And a fishing fleet in port includes Jessica, Jonathan Ryan and

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Colton Scott and Miss Sandy V.

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Note the means to keep the fish deck free of fumes.

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Over on the Morehead City side, prominent are to phosphate storage domes.  I presume Beaufort Belle pushes the barges from the mine in Aurora to here.  Anyone know how large the Potash corp fleet is.

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On the oceanside of the Route 70 bridge, the Moran ship-assist fleet parks between jobs.

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Fort Macon, Fort Fisher, and Grace Moran.

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Salamina1 loads phosphate.

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Jack Holland prepares to move a barge of scrap aluminum bales.

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They arrived on this vessel . . .

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Sea Baisi.

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Robert Burton does the same.  I’m not sure where these bales will be converted into aluminum products.

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Over behind Fort Macon, WLB 204 Elm is docked, more or less

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across the chanel from the landing zone on Radio Island.  That’s Na Hoku in the background.

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Parting shots include this outbound fishing vessel and

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an idea about alternative housing . .  if you visit.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters.  Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract.  Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.

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The only USACE presence I saw was Snell.  USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.

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I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this

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scow and loading equipment.

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When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)

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Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel

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tails.  The Sea Knight helicopter

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just happened overhead.  I’d love the view from a helicopter here.

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Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.

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Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r:  Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1.  More on the last one on that list tomorrow.   Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.

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Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.

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Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.

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I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.

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I can’t say for certain about that dive boat early on and whether the divers had been on Queen Anne’s Revenge, but there’ve been lots of salvage activity around the Inlet in recent days.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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