Posted by: Waring Hills | 4 February 2010

Bridge floats past Yorktown!

The new Ben Sawyer bridge being towed followed by the Maersk Carolina departing Wando terminal.

I don’t think this will happen again for a long time, but today a bridge floated by the Yorktown at Patriots Point. It is the replacement bridge for the old Ben Sawyer bridge linking Sullivan’s Island to mainland Mount Pleasant.  The original bridge was built during World War II and was made famous when Hurricane Hugo tilted it into the Intracoastal Waterway in 1989.

The Ben Sawyer bridge brought a new verb into Lowcountry South Carolina use, when folks said that they had been "Hugo'ed!"

You can read more about this fascinating project of replacing an old swing bridge with a new one here…

Here is a close up of the replacement bridge being passed by the container ship Maersk Carolina.

As the container ship, Maersk Carolina, passed the bridge under tow, it seemed to be moving at a slower speed than normal for departing ships, perhaps to keep its wake size down. The new bridge was being towed to its site on the Intracoastal Waterway on Highway 703 between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island.

Ben Sawyer bridge under tow.

Close up of the new Ben Sawyer bridge passing Yorktown at Patriots Point.



  1. Wow! All this good stuff happens while I am at work. Great to see it. Thanks.


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