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Was out at MP 17.5 over the last couple of days. Yesterday I noticed a strange looking boat heading north. As it passed by, there were 3 tall metal beams standing vertically on its deck and raised about 30 - 40 feet. When it arrived in the vicinity of Jennette's Pier, it began to lower each of the 3 beams into the water until it ultimately raised the boat to a level above the waterline.

Had to take a quick ride to the old pier and take a closer look. The boat doesn't look to be much more than about 10' wide and 20' long and has some type of mechanical device in the middle (stands 10'-15' above the deck). There is a porta-john in one corner and there were 5 or 6 people on board. As it grew dark, another boat came in to take those people off... and to return them again this morning.

My guess is that this has something to do with the beginning of the construction for the new pier (North Carolina Aquarium Society/State of NC joint venture)...

Jim
 
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