The year 2023 bid farewell as we docked in the charming city of Charleston. Spending New Year’s Eve in this historically rich city, adorned with the well-preserved architecture of 18th and 19th-century South Carolina, felt like a fortunate gift. As the most populous city in South Carolina, Charleston, founded in 1670 as Charles Town, has a captivating history. Initially named in honour of King Charles II, it was later simplified to Charleston during a period of toponymic transformations. Charleston’s nickname is the Holy City. There are a lot of rumors as to how the city got its name. Legend has it that it was given the nickname by a fond admirer of the city. Regardless of the name’s origin, it stuck. Today, residents and visitors couldn’t imagine another nickname for the city — thanks to the many spires that dot its skyline.
Charleston’s historical significance is deeply rooted in its role as a major port and primary entry point for African slaves in America. Approximately half of all slaves arrived here, shaping the city’s narrative during pivotal moments like the American Revolution and the Civil War. Amidst the New Year’s festivities, we revelled in the southern beauty of Charleston—its vibrant houses and flourishing flora even during winter.
To usher in the New Year, we celebrated on the “Spirit of South Carolina”, a schooner graciously hosting us for a New Year’s party at the invitation of Captain Davis. Engaging in discussions about our project with the crew, we had the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with this splendid sailing vessel, constructed in 2007 for training cadets. Captain Davis expressed interest in our project, paving the way for future collaborations.
On the first day of 2024, we conducted a CTD cast at the edge of our pier, marking the beginning of our journey to Florida—a voyage filled with new adventures, explorations, and challenges in the promising New Year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!