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    Has anyone been to Fort Carrol? Would anyone like to go out to the derlict island and check it out? My mothers boyfriends was the president of controlled demolition inc, he knows abandoned buildings better then anyone. He told me that the island is basically untouched and is pretty awesome. The only problem is that we need a boat. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEbeling@comcast.net
    Has anyone been to Fort Carrol? Would anyone like to go out to the derlict island and check it out? My mothers boyfriends was the president of controlled demolition inc, he knows abandoned buildings better then anyone. He told me that the island is basically untouched and is pretty awesome. The only problem is that we need a boat. haha
    There are a few people on this forum that have canoed out there. Supposeldy very overgrown and well coated in bird poo and bones. Id like to do it when it gets a lil warmer... A canoe in the bay scares me tho.

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    its a wild life researve. thats why nobodys built anything on it and let the fort decay. apparently there are some rare species that live on that island

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    There are a few people on this forum that have canoed out there. Supposeldy very overgrown and well coated in bird poo and bones. Id like to do it when it gets a lil warmer... A canoe in the bay scares me tho.
    That water can get really crappy really fasy. I am thinking of renting a Bassboat, a little pricy but if a few of us toss up, I think it is the best Idea. Safer, quicker, and less of a workout.

    I do not have the nautical ability to canoe that water, it's no joke
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    Here are some scans of pix from 1992 or 1993, we went there twice by row boat seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, the first time was just a 4 hour trip to check out the layout and to see if we would get run off, and I didn’t have my camera this time, we saw a large ship off in the distance as we rowed we learned that day that those slow moving large ship are actually fast moving large ships and of coarse we learned this when we were in the middle of the channel and by this time we couldn’t see over the bow of the ship all we saw was “TOYOTA” yes a flat nose car carrier ship luckily we managed to get out of it’s path, the waves it made did make it easier to get to our destination though. Once on the island it took about 3 hours to check out the perimeter and basics, the place is larger than it looks.
    The second time out we decided to spend the night on the island to prove it was not haunted and the giant warf rat stories were exaggerations, we found no signs of life except insects, birds, and fish, however we did find a dark room that was filled with loose soil behind the soil you could see the outline of cinder blocks where a large entrance had been sealed up we climbed up to check it as we did we found dozens of rat skeletons, the more we climbed up the more we found it started to stink badly (the smell of decaying meat) so we left that room and continued on. There are some cannons and cannon molds in some of the rooms. We set up camp deep inside and started a fire to keep warm throughout the night, well about 16 hours into the trip we realized one thing that we overlooked in planning, it started raining yep we checked the weather for Saturday but nobody looked at Sunday and this is where the brilliant idea of the 14’ row boat became not so brilliant, at sun rise we packed up and spent 3 hours putting the boat in the water then taking it out of the water to dump the water out the waves kept dumping into the boat. Now frustrated, wet and tired (we didn’t sleep.) and feeling stranded, on this manmade island we preloaded the boat and timed the big waves and literally jumped into the boat, now this may sound simple but keep in mind it’s a small boat we had at least 100lbs of gear, there were 3 of us weighing 220lbs-290lbs DRY and it took us an hour to row here, the top edge of back of the boat was 2 inches from the water, we were rowing and panning water I don’t know which we were doing more of but we were not getting where we needed to, we had to keep the nose of the boat pointed into the waves to keep from taking on water to fast and the waves were pushing us backwards more than we were able to paddle forward, after about 30min and about mile off course we started thinking about riding with the waves to the nearest dry land, when a boat pulled up and asked if we needed help, it took about .1 of a second to answer that, they threw us a rope and towed us to where we needed to go, we continued to pan water the entire time by the time we got to dock the water was up to the benches. We would not have made it if those fishermen had seen us that day. We have only done dry land exploring since.


    The original plan was for this place was to be a fort\prison it was never finished, it has been privately owned since 1964, there were plans to make it a casino, restaurant but they fell through.
    Note: port authority has a perfect view of the main door (only way in) and runs patrols when people get to close. Most of the lower chambers were filled with water 13 years ago.
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    Sounds like fun minus the rough water. I really hope to get out to this spot this year.
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    those are pictures are great. I have had this unfulfiled childhood fantasy about this place ever since I layed eyes on the decayed remains. hey if you all would like to meet up ill rent the whole bass boat. just go with me
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    I was concerned about the paddle out there, but it really was not so bad. Roland was in my canoe...and he was so scared of the thing tipping that he reall y didn't padde, he just gripped the sides. I drug both of our asses out there. The hardest part is actually getting in the fort. There are pictures of me somewhere swimming in the nasty-ass bay.

    I have never seen so many birds in my life. Supposedly, it is the largest bird santuary for a 100 mile radius, and there are indeed some wierd ass birds. One species of big black big seemed to have the propensity to literally fall out of trees. It was pretty funny.

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    I'd be down to try this!
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