Monday, April 27, 2009

Simply Eastern Point

A view of Eastern Point Light from the water on a fine April afternoon. The picture is a little bit grainy.

It's one of those things which makes you feel just a little bit more at ease at the end of a day on the water, passing the RR Buoy off Eastern Point.

But why "RR" some may ask. When I first started boating, I was told that it was to help you remember the "Red Right Returning" rule. I often questioned that since shouldn't it be "RRR" instead? And besides, this one has red and green stripes.

Most of the locals will probably know that the "RR" is for "Round Rock". This little explanation is from the 1913 Report of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army Annual Report.

The project adopted by the act of August 18,1894, provided for the construction of a breakwater from Eastern Point, over Dog Bar, to Round Rock Shoal at an estimated cost of $752,000 (H. Ex. Doc. No. 56, 48th Cong., 2d sess., no map; Annual Report of the Chief of Engineers, 1885, p. 534); and the act of June 13, 1902, authorized the termination of the breakwater at Cat Ledge and the application of any remaining balance " toward the work of removing Round Rock," at a reduced estimate of $416,083.43. Under that authority the breakwater was completed in 1905 as far as Cat Ledge. Upon a subsequent examination of Round Rock Shoal it was found that the cost of removing it to the level of the surrounding bottom, exceeding $800,000, was disproportionate to the probable benefits to navigation. The project has been reviewed by the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, which recommends return to the original project of 1894 for a breakwater from Eastern Point to Round Rock Shoal, and its views are concurred in. The total cost of this extension is estimated at $354,000.

I assume it would cost quite a bit more if done today!

A view of Eastern Point from the other side.

Simply Eastern Point


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