Sandy Exposes 90-Year-Old Shipwreck on Fire Island

Very interesting post on the effects of Sandy.


When Superstorm Sandy pummeled Fire Island, a popular vacation spot a couple hours’ drive from New York City, as much as 80 percent of the island’s homes were flooded, prompting Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to declare it “devastated.” But in addition to this recent ruin, the hurricane also unearthed wreckage from a different era. The skeleton of a shipwrecked schooner was discovered on a Fire Island beach after the storm left it exposed, OurAmazingPlanet reported.

The ravaged vessel was discovered about four miles east of Davis Park, along the Fire Island National Seashore. The National Park Service believes the four-masted vessel is the Bessie White, lost at sea about a mile west of Smith’s Point during heavy fog in 1919 or 1920, according to OurAmazingPlanet. Its crew escaped on two boats, and although one capsized, the entire crew—as well as the ship’s cat—was able to…

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