Skull & Shackles
Named for the towering stone that the settlement was built around, Drowning Rock’s position on the southwest side of Tempest Cay largely shields it from the worst of the hungry winds racing out of the north. Since the town’s founding, the monolith at its center has continued to gradually sink into the muddy soil. While the pillar is little more than a sizable naturally occurring stone, Drowning Rock’s citizens hold their landmark in high esteem, and go to great efforts to preserve their settlement’s namesake. Every summer, the town throws a 2-day festival, and the main event involves the community’s strongest farmhands coming together and hoisting the rock from the muck via rope and pulley. During the rest of the year, Drowning Rock residents keep busy on their kelp farms and the clam fields, doing the best they can to preserve their hard-earned town.