While still in Brunswick, as a large blue ship & over 40 trucks arrived, we learned a Marvel movie was being filmed. For the next few nights, a portion of the upcoming “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is being filmed here. The centerpiece appears to be 327′ offshore support vessel named “Harvey Sub-Sea”. It is a nearly new ship built as a “swiss army knife” of support ships – it has several types of very heavy duty cranes, a 24′ x 24′ moon pool, a huge helicopter pad, can lay underwater cables & lots of features perfect for any action movie!
Brunswick had even more going on than just the Golden Ray salvage operation & the Marvel movie being filmed. Within sight of the marina is the courthouse where the Ahmaud Arbury murder trial has begun with scores of demonstrators & dozens of media satellite trucks.
Our next stop at Jekyll Island is one of our favorites & a calming break. Compared to Hilton Head, much quieter, much better scenery, no leaf blowers & no security to chase me down! Seriously, the trails thru Jekyll Island are remarkable, mostly away from any roads, crossing thru maritime forests, hammocks & all types of habitats, until they glide along the most magnificent sandy ocean beach.
Jekyll Island, like most islands, has a fascinating history. People have been visiting for over 3,500 years. At first, Native Americans seasonally visited the island to hunt, fish & gather shellfish. More recently from the 1880’s thru to post-WWII, Jekyll Island Club was built on the north end of the island for the wealthy elite. After the war, the resort had begun it’s decline physically & the wealthy moved on. Fortunately, the State of Georgia purchased the island in 1947. Unfortunately, maintaining the island became too much for the State. Fortunately in 1950, the idea of a quasi-public/private partnership was developed forming the Jekyll Island Authority, which manages the island persevering most of the island, while still allowing somewhat limited development – the best of both worlds.
In a few days, we’ll be crossing the Georgia Florida line & onward to Vero Beach for a month or so, with a likely Bahamas crossing on our mind.