"P" is for Port Royal Naval Station

Jan 4, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"P" is for Port Royal Naval Station. The Union fleet’s conquest of the Sea Islands in 1861 was the beginning of more than a century of U.S. naval involvement with Port Royal Sound. With nearly thirty feet of water above the bar at all tides, Port Royal Sound is the deepest natural harbor on the Atlantic seaboard south of New York. In 1876 many of the capital ships of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet spent the winter at Port Royal to avoid ice in northern ports. During the Spanish American War, the Port Royal Station was one of the principal support stations for U.S. naval actions around Cuba. In 1901 Ben Tillman, an influential member of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, arranged to have the appropriation for the Port Royal Naval Station removed to Charleston.