This is Front Street, the main drag in Beaufort (pronounced BOW-fort – Bow as in Bow Tie), North Carolina. Established in 1709, It is North Carolina’s third oldest town. Today, its a popular stop on the Intracoastal Waterway and a jump off point for visits to the “inner banks,” the barrier islands which make up the Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve. My visit centered on the docks and marina along Front Street.
A haven for yachts of every size and description, dock space is always at a premium here. Many of the large privately owned yachts are operated by professional crews. Above is the “Desert First,” home ported in Winter Harbor Maine. Further down the dock, are the tall masts of the Brigantine “Fritha,” the sail training vessel of the Massachusetts Maritime Institute, which was the principal reason for my trip.
Named for the heroine in Paul Gallico’s book, “The Snow Goose,” “Fritha” is split rigged as a Brigantine. The Foremast is fully square rigged while the Mizzen carries a square sail at the top of the mast and a spanker sail below. 74 Feet long overall with a beam of 15 feet, “Fritha” was built in 1986 in New Zealand using traditional methods. Impeccably maintained, I could not find one blemish anywhere. A view of the intricate rigging and spotless deck features next time. Thanks for the visit and have a good week ahead. See You next time.