Notes from the LYNX-Charleston Hospitality
Posted by Tall Ships America on November 8, 2010
We have just wrapped up our workday here in Charleston, making preparations for the next leg of our voyage, which will take us into St. Augustine. There were a few odds and ends left to wrap up here, but now things are taken care of and we are ready to go. We will try to leave the dock tomorrow morning at high tide, which is around 10 am.
I have to admit, it will be difficult to leave Charleston behind. The hospitality here has been amazing. Since arriving, we have been welcomed by the Charleston Maritime Center staff, who opened their facilities to us and allowed the crew to clean dirty clothes and linens, have been treated to a night out with some of the current and former crew of Spirit of South Carolina, and shown the local hot spots, and were given a surprise birthday cake for Grant, who turns 20 today, from a semi-local couple, Darryl and Kay.
While we were not open for tours, Grant took a moment out of his day to talk with Kay and Darryl, who is a Civil War re-enactor and history buff. After chatting for a while about the ship, her history, and the voyage we had just finished, Grant was about to head off to pick up a pizza for himself for dinner when Darryl offered to treat him. He even made a recommendation on a particular pizza shop to try. The following afternoon, Darryl and Kay visited the ship again and met several of the other crew members, with whom they spent a while chatting and allowed us to play with their small dog, whom they affectionately called “little lady.” Thus, a friendship was born. Coincidentally, Darryl’s brother and Grant share a birthday, and since Darryl could not be with his brother, he asked if he could bring a cake for Grant and the crew to share. Shortly after lunch, we were treated to a “cake break” and invited Darryl aboard to enjoy the vessel with us. It was a nice surprise for Grant, who is miles away from his family in Charlevoix, and for the rest of the crew, who aren’t usually encouraged to stop working for cake. Our thanks to Darryl and Kay!
It has certainly been wonderful to feel so welcome in a port, and to truly feel the “southern hospitality” of yore. This was a somewhat unplanned stop for our crew, and many did not know it was on the agenda until shortly before we pulled into port. Nevertheless, I feel they have taken advantage of this as a rest stop on the way to St. Augustine, and visited some of Charleston’s sights. In fact, several of our crew took advantage of Captain Henry’s invitation to come aboard his vessel, Carolina Belle, on one of her hour-and-a-half long harbor tours, which highlight the history of the port. Sometimes the unplanned stops are the ones that take you by surprise and can leave the largest impression.
Lynx and her crew greatly appreciate all that Charleston, the Maritime Center, Spirit of South Carolina, Carolina Belle, and especially Darryl and Kay, have shown us while we have been here, and eagerly look forward to our next visit! Perhaps then, we will have the opportunity to invite the people of Charleston to tour our ship and allow us to return the favor!
LeeAnne Gordon and the smiling crew of Lynx