Singleton Swash
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Theblackroseact
N 33° 45.558 W 078° 47.450
17S E 704604 N 3737660
Quick Description: So what is a swash you might ask? Well come visit this cool geologic feature here at the beach. swash according to wikki a swash is the following:in geography, is the water that washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 6:21:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM936K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:


The upper limit of the active beach is the swash line reached by highest sea level during big storms. The lower beach margin is beneath the water surface and can be determined only if there is a definite border present between the sediment layer and the naked surface of the rocky bench.

The direction of the swash varies with how the wind is blowing , whereas the backwash is always perpendicular to the coastline. This may cause longshore drift.Backwash current is a seaward current that results from the receding swash on the beach face, after a wave breaks, joins the seaward movement of the wave trough toward the next incoming crest. The same orbital wave movement that causes a ball to bob up and down on the water causes the trough to move back and up toward the next wave crest.

History of the Area

Singleton SwashIn 1791 our countries first president traveled thru the myrtle beach area as part of his journey thru the south. On april 28th George Washington, his men and a local citizen, Jeremiah vereen traveled thru what is now known as Singlton Swash.

Our first president wrote the following in his journel on the 28th. "April 28 Mr. Vareen piloted us across the Swash (which at high water is impassable, & at times, by the shifting of the Sands is dangerous) onto the long Beach of the Ocean; and it being at a proper time of the tide we passed along it with ease and celerity to the place of quitting it which is estimated at 16 miles."The long bay he refers to is what we now call Myrtle beach.

In 1778 Ebenezer Hazzard, the united states post master general at the time wrote the following... "The Swash is a creek which runs up from the sea, and, it is dangerous, if not impossible to cross it at high water, but when the tide is out there is not the least danger. Immediately upon crossing this you enter upon Long Bay..." "On the left is the open sea from which the surf comes rollin in with great noise, and often frightens the travellor's horse unless he is very gentle. On the right is a disagreeable sand bank. The best time for travelling is about half or three quarters ebb, for then you have a hard surface to ride upon and may get off the beach before the tide rised so as to incommode you." So as you have read a small part of the history the swash was important to the forefather of our country as well as the development of Myrtle Beach.

Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 33° 45.557 W 078° 47.449

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

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