Carolina Shore - Ocean, Seafood, History & More!

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    Thanks for the link - was aware of its past existence but knew little of the history - interesting article w/ some great pics! Dave :)
     
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    Boat Ride on Cape Fear River - Wilmington Waterfront - Port of Wilmington

    Downtown Wilmington ends on the banks of the Cape Fear River - shops, restaurants, carriage & boat rides are readily available - last year we took the boat company shown below (first pic) and rode north (previous posts in this thread) - this time we picked another boat for a 60 minute narrated tour which first headed north w/ great views of the Wilmington waterfront, a Coast Guard ship, and the USS North Carolina, a famous WWII battleship (see several pics - one older one from web before restoration equipment obscured the view of the ship - also quote summarizing the ships achievements).

    The tour boat then headed south and highlights included a colonial house (moved to site and dating from the late 1700s), passage under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (a steel vertical lift structure), and a look at the Port of Wilmington, an important one for the area but certainly not one of the larger United States ports - some description quoted below and plenty of interesting pics, e.g. a large 'wood pulp' pile, several huge ships (Finland and Hong Kong origin), and gigantic cranes used for a variety of purposes, such as container movement, petroleum products, and other commercial items. Dave :)

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    Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

    Just some more discussion of the iconic Wilmington bridge - the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was completed in 1969 and will soon be 50 years old! Some facts in first pic and quote below; North Carolina's only 'vertical lift' bridge (see pic w/ a Coast Guard masted ship passing underneath the raised bridge). The bridge is rusting, requires expensive maintenance, and will need replacement in the near future - well, the proposed project is called the Cape Fear Skyway (last pic - check link for HIGH COST and location details, if interested). Dave :)

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    Oysters - North Carolina Resurgence

    For those reading this thread who may be visiting the Wilmington area, seafood is certainly one of the main eating attractions - so, just a list of the restaurants we visited this time (changes on each return): 1) Boca Bay Restaurant; 2) Ceviche's Panamanian (first visit); 3) Chop House (first visit); 4) Shuckin' Shack (lunch Carolina Beach); and 5) Brasserie du Sol - Boca Bay Restaurant & Brasserie du Sol are repeated returns.

    Susan and I shared a total of five dozen oysters (raw) and from 8 different locations (Gulf Coast, New England, Virginia, and North Carolina), BUT what was unexpected this time were the number from coastal North Carolina, i.e. 5 different locales, including Stump Bay & Beaufort - this was a thrill for us and is a reflection of the shellfish restoration efforts being made in the state and along the entire east coast of the United States - SO, if an oyster lover, there are now some surprise local offerings!

    Below, just some initial pics on North Carolina oyster industry - finally, our favorite dinner (saved to the last night as we intended) was at the Brasserie du Sol - our usual start is a shared salad and then a shared shellfish tower, i.e. Plateaux De Fruits De Mer, as seen in the pics below - a three tiered tower loaded w/ the items listed - the dozen oysters were 3 types, 4 each from North Carolina x 2 & Connecticut Long Island Sound - we may have to return in the spring and repeat the dinner! :) Dave
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