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    Cemetery from the river

    by grandmaR Written Apr 7, 2005

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    Famous graves:
    * Aiken, Conrad d. 1973 Poet
    * Booth Jr., Eugene Physicist-Manhattan Project.
    * Herndon, Dr. Brodie Strachan. Chief Surgeon of the CSA1862-1865. Un of MD Med School. 1st to do a Caesarean in the US. Plot: F-19
    * Jones, George US Senator, State Court Judge 1804, Mayor of Savannah 1812.
    * Lawton, Alexander Robert Brigadier General, CSA Harvard Law School; GA legislature, on railroad boards. Appointed US minister to Austria in 1887.
    * Lester, Rufus Ezekiel US Congress. Mayor of Savannah 1883.
    * Mercer, Hugh Weedon Brigadier General, CSA. Some question on the exact location of grave. Died & buried in Baden-Baden, Germany. Records show grave is in Section F, Lot 19, grave #7
    * Mercer, Johnny d. 1976 Composer and lyricist- over 1,100 songs. Wrote "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Accentuate The Positive", "Autumn Leaves", "Goody Goody", "Hooray for Hollywood". D. in LA complications from brain surgery. Plot: section H, lot 48
    * Neill, James Actor in the silent era (early 1910s) Jesse J. Lasky Company (Paramount).
    * Tattnall, Edward Fenwick US Congress.
    * Tattnall, Josiah Civil War Confederate Naval Officer. He commanded the Confederate ironclad "Virginia" (ex-"Merrimac") after her battle with the USS "Monitor." Ordered the "Virginia" blown up after Feds captured Norfolk, court-martialed and acquitted. Commanded the naval station at Savannah.
    * Tattnall Jr., Josiah Georgia Governor. US Senator. GA Legislator. Tattnall, father of Commodore Josiah Tattnall, brigadier-general in the GA milita, a US Senator and Governor of GA.
    * Telfair, Edward b. 1735 in Scotland-emigrated in 1758 Delegate to the Continental Congress from GA, 1778 and 1780-1782; signer of the Articles of Confederation; Governor of GA, 1786 and 1790-1793.
    * Telfair, Thomas United States Representative from GA, 1813-1817; son of Governor Edward Telfair
    * Wilson, Claudius Charles Brigadier General, CSA.
    Cause of death: camp fever
    * Zouberbuhler, Bartholomew
    Minister Christ Church 1745-1766. Got teacher for Black slaves 1751.

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    Praline cheesecake $6.25 4 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We walked up to this restaurant from the marina since the restaurant right at the marina had been closed down because it was unsafe.

    It is an interesting walk along the river - the road has a big tree growing right in the middle of it.

    The restaurant has a bathtub on the roof. The food is a bit fancy, and I had no trouble finishing my whole meal.

    Favorite Dish: I had an oyster stew which was very much like cream of crab soup except with oysters, and fried asparagus and a chicken salad. This was a shell with a tossed salad and chicken fingers on top.

    Dinner for the two of us was $49.35

    We stopped by for lunch in 2008. We each had a cup of stew ($3.25)- Bob had oyster stew and I had crab stew. They brought us a basket with tarter sauce and cocktail sauce but I can't see what we would have done with it. My crab stew seemed to be cream of celery soup with some crab meat in it and I was somewhat disappointed. Bob felt that his oyster stew terribly good either. Then he had a grilled cheese, and I had cheese grits, and a praline cheesecake. The cheesecake was too rich for me to eat - it had a praline frosting on it that was a quarter of an inch thick. So I scraped the cheesecake off and took the praline with me.

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    Restaurant from the dock spring 2001

    by grandmaR Written Feb 4, 2004

    This restaurant was built out over the water. Unfortunately, the structure was deemed unsafe, and the restaurant has been closed.

    Favorite Dish: We had the early bird specials, and both dinners and iced tea are less than $22. I have crab au gratin and Bob has baked flounder. It was very good. We also had good salads, and good hot bread

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    Herb River Anchorage (chart)

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Herb River is at marker #37 on the right . Favour the left side on your way in and anchor in soft mud. The tide here is 7 feet . December 2, 2000, it was starting to rain and be nasty, so we went up into the Herb River and anchored by 2:30 after 28.5 miles at 6 mph for a total of 657 nm.

    COSMOS the other CSY is also anchored here. Also POLAR BEAR, and a boat with dark topsides from D.C. KISMET comes in later and anchors ahead of us, and CHARISMA anchors closer to the end of the creek with another boat.

    Equipment: We are fairly comfortable although there is a brisk north wind. There is no wind protection from the north, but the low marshy banks keep there from being much fetch. The tide and current has more effect and the boat swings around 180 degrees, and Bob worries that we will swing or drag into someone's dock. The windmill whined all night generating electricity. He is learning about tide (we don't have that much at home) and swing room.

    December 3rd

    Temp got down to 42.5 last night. Bob started the engine at 6 in order to flush the toilet. He made bacon, grilled cheese and hot tea for breakfast and pulled the anchor. He started pulling the anchor by 7:30 and were well underway by 8. A bit damp, but not actually raining.

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    docks

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    I fell in love with this marina the first time we came, but I've been less than happy with later stays. They have a mega yacht manufacturing facility in the Great Lakes. This yard does a lot of repair work for the big boys. I am told that the marina has now reverted to the original ownership and is now called the Thunderbolt Marina

    Initially, Palmer-Johnson's rates were $1.05/foot plus $3.00/day electric and cable TV $3.00/day. They charge per actual footage of the boat with bow sprits and dinghy davits included in the length since they are all face docks. We got 25 gallons of fuel and it was a little over $38.00, and ice was $1.50/bag.

    Equipment: On the way down the next year, they put us on the tippy end of the dock and still charged us for 45 feet. We were on the waiting list, and that's where we ended up. They called about 9 to say that we had a place, and we left at 10, and we got there about 5 which was really pushing it from Beaufort. They charged us $5.00 for electric even though it was only 30 amp, and their literature says it is less for 30 amp. There are no longer separate lines in the mens and womens rooms for internet - you have to share. On the way back in the spring of 2002, Palmer Johnson insisted that our boat was 50 feet. The restaurant there has closed and the dockmaster says the building is unsafe. So you have to walk up to Teeples (which looks like a greasy spoon) or Tubby's. Not too far. The docks have deteriorated too.

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    Shrimper at Palmer Johnson docks

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Thunderbolt was established as an outpost by James Oglethorpe. It was a fishing village with many commercial shimp boats. The shrimp population seems to have waned and the shrimpers have gone elsewhere.

    From a Thunderbolt website:
    "When asked what they remember most about growing up in Thunderbolt, natives fondly speak of the river and the excitement along the docks, stating emphatically that Thunderbolt was a great place to be a child. The river continues to be the defining characteristic of the small community. It has guided the town through over two-hundred and fifty years of growth and development.."

    Fondest memory: The population of Thunderbolt is approximately 2786.
    The approximate number of families is 862.

    The amount of land area in Thunderbolt is 3.307 sq. kilometers.
    The amount of surface water is 0.431 sq kilometers.

    Except for the first trip when we anchored in the Herb River, we've always stopped at Palmer Johnson marina. Palmer Johnson makes the enormous private luxury yachts. The facility in Thunderbolt is a repair facility - they boats are manufactured in the Great Lakes area.

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