While Covid-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines almost every way, there are other important things taking place on the island. An exciting piece of news is that we have promoted Thornton Lacy to the position of Port Captain. Thornton has done an outstanding job serving as our Assistant Port Captain since 2019, and he brings tremendous enthusiasm and experience to his new role.
Thornton first began working for Dewees in 2018, and he has made a very positive impact on our entire operation. Following Captain Al’s resignation last month, Thornton has provided tremendous leadership serving as our Interim Port Captain. I believe we all sincerely appreciate the years of dedicated service Captain Al Kemp provided, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. With the wealth of knowledge Thornton brings to the role, and having worked closely with Al over the last two years, Thornton’s transition to the new position has been seamless.
Thornton grew up in East Tennesee. He and his wife Hollie now call McClellanville, SC their home. He loves spending time in the Cape Romain refuge, and he will tell you that “any day outdoors is a good day” for him. Being on the water is a passion for Thornton, and in his time away from Dewees, he enjoys captaining motor yachts and providing boat training to the local dealerships.
Thornton brings a wealth of industry knowledge to our team, both from a boating and mechanical perspective. During his career, Thornton spent several years managing the Rockingham Marina & Boat Club in Johnson City, TN, as well as, the Daniel Island Marina & Boat Club here in Charleston. In over a decade of boat club and marina management experience, he oversaw everything from purchasing watercraft to managing staff, and he demonstrated his ability to maintain strong professional relationships with his customers and vendors alike.
Thornton has a keen knowledge of the mechanical and service side of boating as well. He worked as the service coordinator for Longshore Boats in Charleston, where he was responsible for scheduling routine service, preparing and reviewing quotes, and working directly with customers to ensure timely service and delivery. He has operated his own charter company, and he has also worked as a freelance captain in the region.
We appreciate all of his efforts, and we are excited to have Thornton Lacy leading our ferry department as our new Port Captain.