Years of painting the Folly Boat
result in thick paint layer sagging off its side

By Edward C. Fennell
Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:34 a.m.
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For more than 20 years, people have been painting messages on a boat that Hurricane Hugo left landlocked beside Folly Road.

But now, the roadside public billboard seems to be sending a message of its own: “Scrape the paint off me once in while, will ya?”

On Monday, Folly Beach city officials examined what appears to be a several-inches-thick, rubbery-like layer sagging off the entire side of the boat facing the road. Something like this also happened “seven or eight years ago,” when paint layers, accumulating year after year and one atop the other, became too heavy to cling to the boat, Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin said.

Goodwin, who inspected the boat Monday with Public Works Department Director Kevin Whitsett, said city employees will be back today to pull the paint layer off. The layer will be sent to the Charleston County landfill, he said.

The boat has risen to iconic status since Hugo left it high and dry among oleander bushes and between Folly Road and a wide expanse of picturesque marsh.

Messages and art creations are painted on the boat’s side, sometimes daily and sometimes more than once daily. Messages have included birthday and wedding wishes, wedding proposals, divorce annoucements, requiems for lost or missing loved ones, announcements of coming events, support for sports teams, political appeals and just plain artsy creations.

The boat has a Facebook page, with more than 7,615 likes, and its own webpage, Fans of the boat chat via Twitter, @follyboat, where the vessel is described as ”a South Carolina legend and landmark.” Click Here for Full Article