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This Day in Georgia History

March 12, 1736

St. Simons Colonists Continued Journey

After spending the night on Skidaway Island, James Oglethorpe and his small party continued southward on the inland waterway on their journey from Savannah to lay out a town and fort on St. Simons Island. Benjamin Ingham, who was on the 10-oar boat, recorded in his diary that around 2 p.m.:

“We set forward again, and with great difficulty crost [sic] over the Mouth of the River Ogeeky [Ogeechee]. The Wind was exceeding high, and the water rough, almost every wave drove over the Side of the boat, So that ever moment we were in danger of our lives; and truly, if Mr. Oglethorpe had not roused up himself, and Struck life into the Rowers, I do not know but that most of us might have here made our Exit.”

Around 6 p.m. they arrived at Bear Island and went ashore to spend the night. Here, they found the advance party of colonists bound for St. Simons Island that had left prior to their departure.