The skipper of Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours begins each trip with an admonition:
“Y’all ain’t got no idea what you’re in for!”
True to his word, Capt. Rod Singleton spends the next three to four hours entertaining passengers with local folklore, a parade of wildlife, and historical tidbits…all with a liberal sprinkling of Southern humor.
“I’m full of southern ‘flavor’,” the tour boat captain warns before pulling out of historic Georgetown, much to the delight of his guests.
Capt. Rod keeps his passengers spellbound as his ship, the Lady Franada, transports them in comfort around Winyah Bay and some of the seven rivers emptying into the estuary,
Operating since 1998, Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours runs excursions Monday through Saturday, from March until October, with special trips available on Sunday to meet demands.
The boat is also available for private charters, school field trips and even weddings throughout the year.
More than 50 feet long and 14 feet wide, the Lady Franada can transport over 70 passengers in comfort.
It is equipped with restroom facilities and a snack bar.
A full canopy keeps guests cool even on the hottest days and see-through side curtains can be used in the event of inclement weather.
Tours depart at 10 a.m. from a dock conveniently located on the Georgetown waterfront walk.
According to Capt. Rod, two tours are available and both are dependent on the changing tides. The first tour takes guests to a nearby barrier island called North Island, home of one of the oldest lighthouses in the southeastern United States. Passengers can debark and leisurely stroll an unspoiled beach full of shells.
“I guarantee you’ll find some beautiful shells,” said Capt. Rod. “The further up the beach you go, the more likely you are to find conches, starfish and sand dollars.”
Passengers usually come back with sacks of shells, most in pristine condition.
During the trip, tour guests frequently see dolphins playing in the water, wild pigs on the shore, bald eagles and alligators. On the return trip, guests can also get good views of some of the old rice plantation houses.
The plantation river tour is usually done on a high tide and includes a narrated history of the beautiful mansions lining the rivers flowing into Winyah Bay. During the ante bellum years, the rice plantations near Georgetown made the area one of the most affluent areas in the United States.
The Adams family from Annapolis, Md., recently enjoyed Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tours shell excursion.
“The tour has been great,” said Kenny Adams. “We’ve seen dolphins, skates and wild pigs. And the shelling was very good. Capt. Rod is awesome…one of a kind!”
Mike McGuire and his family also enjoyed the outing.
“It’s been lots of fun,” he said. “Capt. Rod really knows the area well and keeps us laughing with his stories.”
Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Capt. Rod’s wife, Fran, will be happy to help you choose the tour that is best suited to your liking.
For more information call 843-477-0287, or visit www.lowcountrytours.com