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15181. Coyle, Gretchen F. and Deborah C. Whitcraft. Tucker’s Island. Arcadia. 2015

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15181. Coyle, Gretchen F. and Deborah C. Whitcraft. Tucker’s Island. Arcadia. 2015

15181. Coyle, Gretchen F. and Deborah C. Whitcraft. Tucker’s Island. Arcadia 2015. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 160 vintage photographs. Once located between Great Bay and Little Egg Harbor, along the New Jersey coast, in 1932 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 lighthouse 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. Over the years storms battered the vulnerable island and by 1927 the lighthouse toppled onto the sand. Soon the life-saving station washed away, and in 1932, the island was removed from tax records. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1920’s, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of these services and the island through photos and text. Filled with early Life-Saving and Coast Guard views. (M). $21.99.