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Shrimp Trawlers – Port Royal, South Carolina


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The town of Port Royal is strategically located near the mouth of the Beaufort River. It 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.

Port Royal Shrimp Boats

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

Photographer Lamar Nix says that “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.”

Jerry W. Britt of Columbia, 2003 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Photographer Jerry Britt writes: “I stumbled across this beautiful scene on a business trip to Port Royal. I went to the dock hoping to find the restaurant adjacent to the dock open for lunch. Unfortunately, the restaurant wasn’t open but at least I got a great picture that symbolizes the Lowcountry area.”

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Address: 11th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935

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3 Comments about Shrimp Trawlers

Mel GuinnipNo Gravatar says:
July 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 pm

To David Chaplin: Do you know the name of the other shrimp boat behind your father’s? My grandfather, John Smithson, had a boat named J&H that was at this dock somewhere around 2003. He also had one named Four Girls. A man that worked on the J&H named Cubbie, don’t know his last name, bought the J&H. George Ford bought the Four Girls. This was in the 1960s when my grandfather sold them. They were both from around Beaufort. Any information you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks. Mel.

David ChaplinNo Gravatar says:
August 27th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thanx to Mr. Nix for that great picture (2007), with the sun setting across the marsh. My father’s boat is the little blue one at the end of the dock, and I spent many years on it myself. The sun also set on my “Daddy”, Robert G. “Capt. Bobby” Chaplin on Feb 14th, 2012. I look at this and it reminds me not only of all the boats that passed through here, but also of the people. Daddy was one of three major producers of live crabs at this same dock, in the early 1960′s, when their boats were smaller, wooden, and home-made, and they pulled their crab pots by hand. In the commercial fishing business for over 50 years, he was a friend and mentor to many. He is much loved and sorely missed. David

nicholasNo Gravatar says:
September 13th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

This is a very beautiful place

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