Federal Point Historic Preservation Society to meet Monday

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Capt. 'Skippy' Winner
Capt. ‘Skippy’ Winner

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

The May meeting will feature a history of fishing at Carolina Beach and the creation and ongoing preservation of the Carolina Beach Inlet, according to a notice from the group. Monday’s speaker will be Capt. David Carl ‘Skippy’ Winner Jr., the first commercial captain to transit the Inlet after its creation in 1952. Elaine Henson will accompany Winner’s talk with pictures of the history of the Intracoastal Waterway, yacht basin, canal and artificially created Carolina Beach Inlet.

As a teenager, ‘Skippy’ Winner–working for his father Carl Winner–had to take fishermen all the way to Masonboro Inlet just south of Wrightsville Beach to reach the ocean. In the late 1940s, a group of Carolina Beach businessmen led by Sam Blake collected money to hire a dredge to cut an artificial inlet from the Intracoastal Waterway transiting Myrtle Grove Sound to the ocean, according to the preservation group.

“Then on Sept. 3, 1952, 1,250 pounds of dynamite were used to finally open the inlet,” the news release states. “The final cut was planned for a day with a full lunar tide and the differential in the tide between the sound and the ocean would be the highest. At first it was a very narrow opening but the tides rushing through quickly widened and deepened it.

“Today the inlet is shoaling badly, so, in 2012 the Carolina Beach Inlet Association was founded to secure an ongoing source of funding for continued dredging to keep the cut deep enough for the fishermen and pleasure boaters to use into the future.”

Captain Winner, the first president of the organization, will also talk about the group and its current plans and projects.