Like a flying dinosaur straight out of Jurassic Park, the Brown Pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis) has prehistoric antecedents going back 30 million years. One of the largest of our water birds,…

Note: This is from a reprint of a column which originally ran in March 2000. 

One was born a slave in 1742 on an East Cooper plantation overlooking Copahee Sound. In 1775, he joined with patriots under Gen. Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion and served throughout the war as a d…

Those who know Mount Pleasant’s early history recall that most of the area in “old” Mount Pleasant was originally owned by Captain Florence O’Sullivan, who arrived with the original colonists …

For most of the last century, Rifle Range Rd. was… well, forgotten. It was the road less traveled, a back way to get to Porcher’s Bluff that meandered through farms, fields, woods and not much…

In much of my writing about early Carolina I quote the writings of two of America’s earliest explorers, surveyor John Lawson and naturalist Mark Catesby. Not only did these intrepid men go bol…

A lead article in the Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, issue of the Post & Courier discussed the possibility of cruise ships anchoring off Mount Pleasant and ferrying passengers to Patriots Point.…

Despite three centuries that have included devastating wars, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, peninsular Charleston has changed little in appearance through the years. Our city is…

Today, we think of “Hobcaw” as the beautiful oak-studded subdivision off Mathis Ferry Road, bounded by the Wando River on the west, Molasses Creek and Remley’s Point to the south and the upsca…

They were among the best watermen in Charleston’s maritime history, their small boats a familiar and beloved sight as they sailed out each morning and returned each afternoon with their catch.…

If we lived in the early 1800s, those of us with means would likely be packing for the annual move to Sullivan’s Island for the summer. By 1802, the lower end of the island by the harbor alrea…

Beach season is upon us and the waters are becoming a “sea” of swimmers, surfers, boogie-boarders, kayakers, parasailers, paddle boarders and folks on sailboats and power boats of every size, …

As a way of introduction for those of you who don’t know me, I have written extensively on the history of the East Cooper area and for some years have been researching Wando River and Cainhoy …

This Saturday, April 27 one of the most heroic life saving rescues on Sullivan’s Island will be remembered in an awards ceremony at the old Coast Guard station on Sullivan’s Island. In August …

Can you imagine taking the USS Yorktown and plopping it on the front beach of Sullivan’s Island? From my understanding, given the present design this is a good representation of how large the …

Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast was Verdi’s “La Forza Del Destino” (The Force of Destiny). For me, this great grand opera immediately evokes memories of sailing the open sea in o…

(With the recent news reports of the Great White shark named Mary Lee prowling our offshore waters, we thought a revival of this column about some “historic” shark attacks was merited.)

I said farewell to my soul mate this week. Bird Dog, my black Lab, was 14 (that is 98 in dog years) and it was time to say goodbye. I’ve wept many tears and the emptiness of not having Bird by…

Seeing the recent headline about the $1,040 fine that was recently levied to a Sullivan's Island dog owner when her errant Labrador retriever went off for an unescorted trot, I breathed a sigh…

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