Pawley's Island Hammock

It was another muggy Lowcountry night a whole lot of years ago...

...and weary riverboat captain Joshua John Ward found himself frustrated once more, failing yet again to get a peaceful night's sleep. "Cap'n Josh," as he was widely known, ferried rice and other cargo from South Carolina's inland plantations to port in coastal Georgetown, just south of his home in the popular resort town of Pawleys Island. So he spent a lot of nights out on the water, and the grass-filled mattresses common on working boats back then only seemed to amplify the steamy summer heat.