Irma pushes famed Folly Boat across water, destroys dock

Irma pushes famed Folly Boat across water, destroys dock

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The effects from Hurricane Irma pushed the famous Folly boat from Folly Road to a private dock Monday.

The boat was borne out of Hurricane Hugo which hit Charleston in 1989. Since then, it has been painted and repainted with messages and designs meant to accomplish everything from sending well wishes to loved ones to making political and social statements.

The boat destroyed a dock on Sol Legare Road.

Chris John said he was on Facebook live when he noticed the boat slamming into his dock.

"I realized that we do need to save the boat and my buddy, Ryan, was here and so we tried to tie it up, make sure drift out into the ocean," he said.

John and his friend Ryan Godbout managed to tie the boat to the dock, but the damage was done.

The biggest question now is what will happen to the boat. John hopes to return it to where it was after Hurricane Hugo so that the tradition surrounding it can continue.

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