The twisted remnant of an old pier on the Pamlico River appears spectral in the early morning winter mist.
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Beaufort County, NC
It was a bitterly cold morning, paddling at first light from Runyon Creek, through the Norfolk-Southern Railroad bridge, and across the Pamlico River to the southern shore. The cypress trees were bare of leaves and a chill mist drifted across the face of the water. This old pier captured my attention, twisted by time, planks sprung or missing entirely, pilings spotted with mold.
I grew up around boats and boatyards, then spent 15 years as a professional sailor, crossing the Pacific Ocean several times and transiting the length of both coasts, Mexico to Canada, Florida to Maine. One thing that drew me to the profession was its history. I wasn’t sailing square riggers around Cape Horn but I still earned my living under sail, even if those sails were much smaller.
The artifacts of maritime history still intrigue me. It’s questionable how many other people find beauty in a ruined pier at first light.
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