Very Local History: It’s Always Sunny at the Ammunition Depot – Episode 025
Just upstream from the mouth of the Cape Fear River is a restricted military base, occupying thousands of acres of sprawling and undeveloped wetlands. Within it runs miles and miles of railway that leads to nowhere.
The base is Sunny Point, also known as MOTSU, and the story of its creation begins with three catastrophic explosions in the early and mid twentieth century.
Sausage Biscuit Review Corner
At the top of the show Sean makes an astonishing ruling on whether or not he can review a sausage egg and cheese biscuit if it is not served on a biscuit.
Midmost Coast visited the delicious Blue Surf Cafe prior to recording this show. That’s why we were in such a good mood.
Sausage Croissant Review
Three Shipping Explosions
- The Halifax Explosion
- Port Chicago Disaster
- Texas City industrial accident
Sunny Point: Military Logistics Center
- Primary ammunition depot of the United States
- Started in 1951, finished in 1955
- Occupies 8500 acres in Brunswick County and 2100 in New Hanover County
- The secret of the railway tracks
- “Containerized ammunition”
- Designed to avert disaster
MOTSU and Latter-Day Wars
- Exercise Reforger, training for mass redeployment to Europe
- Airlift can’t outcompete shipping capacity
- Vietnam and Iraq
Controversies and Inconveniences
- The 1970 nerve gas boat
- Nuclear waste from Europe in 1994
- The Town of Carolina Beach versus MOTSU
- A strange environmental conservation side effect
- Planning a Very Merry Dawson Christmas
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