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September 22, 2014 Sailing

Sailing past Hugo

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Damaged Boats from Hurricane HugoHurricane Hugo devastated Charleston in 1989, leaving thousands without homes and power for weeks. Karen and David Braddon didn’t learn of the extent of the damage until days later, and they didn’t see the notorious photo of mashed-up boats that played on Page 1 in newspapers around the world. “We learned how to make candles by cutting up shoelaces and dipping them in olive oil,” Karen recalled while sailing the York River. “A friend of ours got a call months later from someone who said, ‘Would you please come here and remove your boat from my tree.’”

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