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Navy brass has new meaning with battleship model

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Navy brass has new meaning with battleship model

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A hefty slice of U.S. Naval history has arrived in the City of Brotherly Love via the South Carolina Lowcountry, after a brief stop in New Jersey.

A 600-pound, Navy-made brass model of the famed Battleship New Jersey recently went on display at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.

The local tie-in comes courtesy of Thomas Seigenthaler, a retired admiral and former head of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial on the Camden, N.J., waterfront.

According to a report in the Cherry Hill Courier Post, Seigenthaler had seen the 20-foot-long metal model on display at an unidentified military installation in the Charleston region. He suggested the museum ask the Navy to donate it. That was more than two years ago.

When the Navy agreed, two staffers headed south to pick it up at a local warehouse and then transported it to Camden in a rental truck. It was moved across the Delaware River to the Philly museum in late August and will remain through September. The model will make the rounds afterward at other tourist attractions and shopping malls.

The hope is the brass model will draw more visitors to the actual battleship — the Navy’s most-decorated ever — that’s docked in Camden.

While more than a dozen South Carolina leaders, including Gov. Nikki Haley, will be on a trip to Europe this week to drum up business in the automotive industry, state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt will be staying behind — for romantic rather than business reasons.

Hitt was an executive at Greer automaker BMW for nearly two decades before taking the top Commerce Department job in 2011. In all that time, Hitt never missed the biennial IAA car show in Frankfurt.

That’s one of the stops over a nine-day period for a delegation of this state’s top economic development officials, who also will be visiting Munich, home to BMW, and Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Instead of Hitt, Commerce will be sending Jennifer Noel, the agency’s deputy secretary.

“I’ve been going for 20-something years,” Hitt said. “My wedding anniversary is always on the date of the Frankfurt show, and so all the years I worked in the automobile industry I was never home on my anniversary.”

Charleston cruise ship enthusiasts will have a new destination next year: Bermuda.

Carnival Cruise Lines will sail from the Port of Charleston to King’s Wharf, the main port in the British territory, on seven-day cruises starting May 12 and Nov. 5, the company announced last week.

The cruises will take place on Carnival’s Ecstasy, which will replace the Fantasy as Charleston’s home ship beginning in February. The Fantasy will head to Miami for short excursions from that city.

The Ecstasy underwent extensive renovations in 2006 and 2009. The Ecstasy also offers a water park, a 12,000-square-foot spa, casino and a tropical-themed, resort-style pool.

The cruises from Charleston will include two nights docked in Bermuda.

A popular Irish harbor city has edged out a popular South Carolina harbor city as the world’s most friendly city, according to a newly released Travel + Leisure ranking.

Galway, on the west coast of the Emerald Isle, came in first with a score of 92 based on reader feedback. Charleston was No. 2 at 91.6.

“Recent tragedy has cast a dark cloud over Charleston, yet the city’s famous compassion and resilience have helped it recover, while locals seek ways to become ever more welcoming to all,” the magazine said on its website. “No one is quicker to stand up for the city than those who live there, like ‘born and bred Charlestonian’ Miriam McManus, who wrote that ‘the Charleston community showed the country, and the world, their spirit as well … coming together with love and support. We all have a deep respect for one another.’”

Savannah was No. 10 worldwide. T+L ranked 30 cities.

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A medical practice with a new East Cooper office is adding a philanthropic twist to its open house this week.

Dr. Julie R. Rogers of Mount Pleasant Eye Surgeons at 874 Whipple Road is collaborating with the Center for Women “to create a fundraising experience” from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

“What I have done is invited other Charleston women in business to come and promote their businesses at no cost,” Rogers said in an email. “In exchange, each business will either make a flat donation to the Center for Women or give a percentage of items sold that night to the Center for Women.”

About 20 businesses had agreed to participate as of late last week. Rogers said she ran with the idea after being inspired by a quote: “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women that have her back.”

A Charleston area surfer believes he’s come up with a better board wax. Kevin Schmoll, a local graphic designer, realized most board waxes are petroleum-based. He sought to come up with a more environmentally friendly alternative.

“After testing countless samples I found that a beeswax-based product worked just as great and still gave a comparable grip and bumpy texture but had an added benefit of stickiness,” he said.

He developed Johns Island-based Viscid Surf — the term means sticky — and recently launched the new line of organic, hand-poured surf waxes from soft to hard wax stickiness for use in different water temperatures. The four different bars are nontoxic and biodegradable and come in a package of recycled paper.

Schmoll, whose website is viscidsurf.com, said he tries to incorporate as many local ingredients as possible, including wax from a Johns Island beekeeper.

The company that puts out Charleston magazine has taken the plunge with a North Carolina publication.

Mount Pleasant-based Gulfstream Communications said it has acquired Boone-based High Country Wedding Guide and its website, which focus on the nuptials scene in that area of the Tarheel State. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We continue to look for opportunities to grow our brands and our presence across the Carolinas, leveraging our print, online, and event capabilities and HCWG will become part of that growth,” said Jed Drew, president of Gulfstream.

Gulfstream’s other publications include Charleston Weddings, WNC and GrandStrand.

Boeing is well on its way to delivering 120 Dreamliners this year after taking 14 of the wide-body planes made in North Charleston and Everett, Wash., to customers last month.

Through August, Boeing had delivered 90 of the 787s in 2015 and 318 since program deliveries began four years ago.

“August ended with a flurry of deliveries, with six aircraft being delivered in a span of three days (from the 28th to the 31st),” Uresh Sheth, a New York investment banker who tracks Dreamliner production, said on his “All Things 787” web-site.

Of the 14 deliveries, eight were 787-9 models and six were 787-8 models. This marks the first time that 787-9 deliveries exceeded those of the 787-8, Sheth said, adding that he expects that trend to continue.

Sheth said he expects Boeing will deliver between 130 and 135 Dreamliners by the end of this year.

Four of the Dreamliners delivered last month were made at Boeing’s North Charleston campus, including a 787-8 for the Sultan of Brunei and that country’s royal family. North Charleston-built planes also were delivered to Air Canada (787-9), Scoot (787-8) and All Nippon Airways (787-9).

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