“Hurricane Irma washes away iconic boat – 28 years after Hurricane Hugo washed it ashore”

Tue September 12, 2017
By Doug Criss
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A monster hurricane brought Folly Beach its most famous boat. Now another monster storm has washed it away.

The Folly Boat was a message board of sorts for the beach town of Folly Beach, South Carolina. Since it washed ashore in 1989 during Hurricane Hugo, it has rested near a state highway and residents have painted and repainted messages on it through the years. Marriage proposals. Graduation announcements. Birthday wishes.
Over the weekend, before Irma hit, someone painted words of encouragement on the boat for their neighbors to the south: “Godspeed Florida,” it read. “This too shall pass.”

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