In, On, Or Under The Water

Those of us over a certain age would recognize the term "Liberty Ship". Built during WW II as supply vessels, at least 99 of them were built here in Brunswick. Above is a large model of one such ship. Over the course of the war 2,700 of these identically designed ships were built all around the US. Today there are only 2 remaining Liberty ships still operational.

Never mind the large gypsum plant in the background and try to ignore the ungainly looking house at right. Instead look at the fingers of concrete between the water and grassy areas. These launch slips are all that remain of a huge shipyard that once occupied the land. Towards the end of the war a ship a week slid down those ramps. 16,000 workers toiled around the clock here to fabricate the Liberty ships.

From an even earlier era, this is an Oyster Buy Boat. Its function was to travel all the many remote channels where oystermen could be found. They served as a conduit to quickly get fresh oysters to the big city. Now many of these boats have been modernized and are used as private yachts.

Seemingly airborne, this mock up of a prehistoric dinosaur sea turtle skeleton greets visitors who arrive at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on nearby Jekyll Island. Most of the turtles under care here are normally found in the water.

Looking like an assembly line, the Center treats wounded, sick or orphaned turtles. The most common types treated are Green Sea and Loggerhead turtles.

Every turtle is given a name. This one is Gabriella. For some unknown reason, Gabriella has a problem swimming level. The dark object you see attached to the base of the shell is a weight that is supposed to keep her tail down. Looks like Gabriella needs more ballast for her bum.

 Lest you think turtle education ends at the restroom door, think again. Additional indoctrination was found also on the sidewalls to this stall. Perhaps more than you wanted to know about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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