August 16, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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It has been a few years since we last visited Tybee Island. We gained a bit of knowledge through our 1st visit. Such as it really is better to go out during a lower tide. We will again be camping at the awesome Skidaway Island State Park. Be advised that you can not reserve a specific site here. You reserve a general site and then when you get there you claim the site that you want.
We will paddle out of Lazaretto Creek and visit Cockspur Island Lighthouse. Our 1st visit brought us out at high tide and we could not go to the lighthouse. There are also other things to do in the area as we can visit the Ft. Pulaski National Park.
We will meet at Lazaretto Creek Landing at 10:00 am .on Saturday Aug.17th Low tide is at 11:20 so we will ride the tide out and then when we return it will be with the incoming tide. Love it when a plan comes together... Here are directions to the launch site: Lazaretto Creek.
A little history about Lazaretto Creek: Georgia’s original charter had an antislavery provision, based on founder Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe’s opposition to the “peculiar” institution. But Georgia’s planters, seeing the profits made from the use of slave labor by their South Carolina plantation neighbors, overruled Oglethorpe’s wishes and in 1749 repealed this provision and passed an act permitting the establishment of slavery in the young colony. This act ordered the erection of a lazaretto, or quarantine station, on Tybee Island. In 1767, approximately 100 acres on Tybee’s extreme western tip at the mouth of what became Lazaretto Creek were purchased from Josiah Tattnall to build the quarantine station. The next year, several hospital buildings were completed. Here, voyagers who arrived ill were treated and those who died were buried in unmarked graves. The lazaretto was in continuous use until 1785, when the buildings were in disrepair and a new station was built on Cockspur Island.
Tides for the weekend:
Tides for Savannah River Entrance, Fort Pulaski starting with August 16, 2013.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 High 3:45 AM 6.9 6:49 AM Set 1:57 AM 65
16 Low 10:14 AM 0.1 8:06 PM Rise 4:17 PM
16 High 4:32 PM 7.9
16 Low 11:11 PM 0.4
Sa 17 High 4:48 AM 7.0 6:50 AM Set 2:58 AM 76
17 Low 11:20 AM -0.2 8:05 PM Rise 5:14 PM
17 High 5:35 PM 8.1
Su 18 Low 12:12 AM 0.1 6:50 AM Set 4:03 AM 85
18 High 5:51 AM 7.3 8:04 PM Rise 6:06 PM
18 Low 12:22 PM -0.4
18 High 6:36 PM 8.4