October 1, I received a credible report from a boat which has made it to Southport. They followed my routes through Browns Inlet Crossing, New River inlet Crossing, Mason Inlet Crossing and Masonboro Inlet crossing (See September 27, posting). From there south to Southport they reported that the Carolina Beach inlet crossing has depths which would correct to 8+ feet at MLLW on the track they made. They report that Snows Cut seems to be about as it was. Cape Fear River stinks like a sewer but all is good at Southport Marina. This is more good news, but it is a report from a single vessel and is not an “all clear” for the run from Wrightsville Beach to Southport. Vessels transiting this area should proceed with caution and watch for unexpected shoaling. In Southport they met with Hank Pomeranz. Hank has not begun to host the evening ICW briefings, but expects to start them up in another week or so. They decided to go outside from Cape Fear to Winyah Bay, so, they can give us no update on Lockwoods Folly or Shallotte.
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