I leaped out of bed early on Sunday morning, anxious to load up Big Red on to Stuart before the heat got too overbearing. I'd organized a day to explore the Ghost ships of Mallows Bay, which I hadn't seen for a few years, and it was going to take me nearly 2.5 hours to get there from Marshall.
I was meeting Bill and Nick, a friend's dad, Nils, and Emily, who had borrowed Margie's boat. Today would be the best for tides, with the low tide being at 1:48pm. We were also lucky to have cloud cover which was keeping the sun at bay for a few hours. This link shows my 2 previous trips here, the last was 3 years ago. How time flies...
I kept an eye on the time and let folks know it was time to paddle towards the hulks, where they'd be the most visible at low tide. Nils had been here many times previously so he continued on down the coastline to search for more sharks' teeth.
There's little visible at high tide, and during the low tide, as we slowly paddled around, I was amazed at how much further the hulks had deteriorated.
Because of the many abandoned ships here, the limited water movement has helped to create a mini-ecosystem in the bay. So much wood has enriched the sediment, encouraging wildlife to flourish. Thick weed has grown, making paddling difficult and using rudders or engines impossible. We liked that, the bigger boats had to keep their noise out on the waves while we enjoyed the quiet. Even the gulls made few squawks and the only discordant outcries were from a large blue heron that we disturbed.
Hopefully this link will work, sharing a PDF written by Donald G. Shomette with photos by Dennis Brack.