Day 4 – Within Sumter

The parade grounds of Fort Sumter

The parade grounds of Fort Sumter

Pops opted to explore some of the parade ground and the shattered remnants of the lower tier of gun batteries along the northerly side of the fort, up to where the fill tumbled down into a grassy slope, next to the dark archways that hid some of the remounted cannons.

One hour was plenty of time to view the entire fortress, and we returned to the boat to resume our waterbourne tour, that pointed out Fort Moultrie, and Patriot’s Point, where the USS Yorktown (CV 10), a World War 2 vintage aircraft carrier forms ‘the largest collection of naval ships anywhere’ – obviously, they missed Battleship Cove, or the USS Intrepid (CV 11) museum.

And over it all, the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge cable bridge towers high, like a pair of giant’s sewing needles stabbed into the river, with the traffic transversing back and forth though their eyes.

Castle Pickney, the huge Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, and the USS Yorktown (CV-11) in Charleston Harbor.

Castle Pickney, the huge Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, and the USS Yorktown (CV-11) in Charleston Harbor.

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