The "traveling buoy" of Port Royal, near the intersection of London Avenue and 9th Street, has been restored.
According to the plaque at the base of the buoy, it floated in the Port Royal Sound until it broke free during a storm in April 1970. It was recovered in Scotland -- a year later and about 6,000 miles away. A British ship spotted it off the coast and towed it to port. It was brought to Charleston in 1973 and later returned to Port Royal.
It has had many homes around town, eventually being placed in 1992 in the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Park, where its light is kept burning in honor of fallen police officers across the country.
The red paint on the buoy had faded to pink. It was sandblasted with glass beads, primed and painted Coast Guard red, town manager Van Willis said. The work cost about $4,900.
Any future improvements to the buoy or the small park containing it will be handled by a parks and recreation commission the town is creating, Willis said.
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