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.
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.