The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 18, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
The May meeting will feature a fascinating history of fishing at Carolina Beach and the creation and ongoing preservation of the Carolina Beach Inlet. Our speaker will be Captain Skippy Winner the first commercial captain to transit the Inlet after it’s creation in 1952.
Elaine Henson will accompany Captain Winner’s talk with pictures of the history of the Intracoastal Waterway, Yacht Basin, Canal, and artificially created Carolina Beach Inlet.
As a teenager, Skippy (David Carl Winner, Jr.) working for his father, Carl Winner, had to take fishermen all the way to Masonboro Inlet just south of Wrightsville Beach to reach the ocean. Then, in the late 1940’s a group of Carolina Beach businessmen lead by Sam Blake collected money to hire a dredge to cut an artificial inlet from the Intracoastal Waterway transiting Myrtle Grove Sound to the ocean.
Then on September 3, 1952, 1,250 pounds of dynamite were used to finally open the inlet. The final cut was planned for a day with a full lunar tide and the differential in the tide between the sound and the ocean would be the highest. At first it was a very narrow opening but the tides rushing through quickly widened and deepened it.
Today the inlet is shoaling badly, so, in 2012 the Carolina Beach Inlet Association was founded to secure an ongoing source of funding for continued dredging to keep the cut deep enough for the fishermen and pleasure boaters to use into the future.
Captain Winner, the first President of the organization, will also talk about the group and its current plans and projects.