Tucker's Island

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Once located between Great Bay and Little Egg Harbor, along the New Jersey coast, Tucker's Island disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean. Sand dunes and native foliage once covered its eight miles. For generations, the Rider family kept the light illuminated, and the US Life-Saving Service provided aid to ships in distress. Two hotels were constructed by island men with building materials salvaged from local shipwrecks. Visitors arrived by sail or steam, and the popularity of Tucker's Island inspired real estate agents to sell worthless lots to unsuspecting buyers eager for their own piece of the shore. Storms battered the vulnerable island; the lighthouse toppled in 1927, the life-saving station washed away, and in 1932, the island was removed from tax records.
ISBN: 9781467133760
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 160
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gretchen F. Coyle and Deborah C. Whitcraft are maritime historians. Authors of Inferno at Sea, they are popular speakers about New Jersey's illustrious maritime history. The photographs included in this volume have been drawn from the archives of the New Jersey Maritime Museum, Tuckerton Historical Society, and Long Beach Island Historical Association, as well as the personal collections of George Hartnett, Jim and Nancy Speck, and Cathleen Engelsen. The collaborative efforts of this group in compiling such a large collection of historical images surely will be appreciated by many generations.
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