Battery Creek – Port Royal, South Carolina

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The coastal town of Port Royal is located between Battery Creek and the Beaufort River in Beaufort County. This small, historic community is known for its quiet lifestyle and a multitude of walking trails and boardwalks.

Port Royal South Carolina

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Port Royal was the site of Spanish and French settlements dating from the 16th century, and played an important role in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation was first read under the Port Royal Proclamation Tree in 1863.

Sunset on Port Royal

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Carolina shrimpers, while struggling to compete with the cheap, imported shrimp flooding the marketplace, still persevere in Port Royal. The Warrior, pictured above, is appropriately named, since many local shrimpers must fight an uphill battle against imports in order to continue their way of life.

Port Royal SC Sunset

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The town gained international fame when the hurricane scene from the movie Forrest Gump was filmed near its docks. The Lowcountry Estuarium, an annual soft shell crab festival, and nearby Parris Island are popular attractions.

Port Royal Trawlers

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Matthew Brady, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cecilia Foster Morett of Port Royal, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Port Royal Shrimp Boats

Down At the Docks by Lamar Nix of Seabrook, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Battery Creek

Photographer Lamar Nix says, “Today diverse nautical vessels pass by, from sleek sailing ships to working shrimp trawlers. The Port Royal docks are an especially alluring nautical landmark that is rich with visual treasures, both nautical and avian.”

Cecilia Foster Morett, who shared the photo of Warrior above, shares these thoughts and experiences: “I grew up in Port Royal and had an uncle who shrimped from there. I’ve always loved the beauty of the boats. We were in the area in October [2009], and I stopped by the docks for a look. Warrior was there, her name and appearance summarizing the shrimping industry, fighting to make a living and scarred in the process.

“My ‘day job’ is bookkeeping, but I work as a striker on shrimp boats in my area for fun. No pay except the sheer enjoyment that the seven years has given me. I’ll be 60 years old this year and plan to keep going as long as the guys will take me!”

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