We board a sightseeing boat, Henrietta, for a reasonably-priced one hour cruise, and learn a couple of interesting facts along the way.
First, those big logs we see floating by before boarding are actually going upstream. Post-dredging, Cape Fear River is tidal and changes waterflow direction a couple of times a day.
The river got its name from the fearfully hazardous shoals near the
mouth. Today it hardly seems fearful.
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is actually an elevator bridge.
It’s 408-foot center span can be raised 135 feet.
The massive Port of Wilmington loads petroleum, wood chips, wood pellets (used for heating in Europe), and containers.
A pleasant hour on the water.