Wade Livingston, The Beaufort Gazette
A Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island construction — and testing — project has been making some noise that residents near the base couldn’t help but hear.
Michel Whitaker, an engineer who lives 1.5 miles or so across the water on Cat Island, heard the racket Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and wondered at its source.
He told The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette he heard a loud, almost “whistling” sound Tuesday night that seemed to change pitches.
By 7 a.m. or so Wednesday, Whitaker said, the sound had lessened, but was still noticeable — he described it as a “quiet,” “smooth-running” jet engine, but not as loud as, say, one of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort’s F-35 Lightning II fighter planes taking off.
Whitaker guessed it might have something to do with depot’s energy grid — and it appears he was right.