Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Stranger Loading Up for Saltaire, 1919









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Look closely. Is that the Stranger above, loading for Saltaire at
Bay Shore in 1919?
What has to be the future "Fire Island Maid" is shown in lower photo, taken sometime later
(ed. note: since this post, the boat in the picture has been identified not as the Fire Island Maid: it is the Traveler II from about 1935. See also Mooney, Ferries to Fire Island 1856-2003 at p. 76. The Traveler II Photo is a post card and was not taken from the Mooney treatise.)
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Blogger Derf said...

Nice one Jim, the good old Maid. I always thought that was sort of an unfortunate name for her.

October 25, 2008 5:58 PM

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Anonymous Capt. Frank said...

Jim,
I think that may be the "Eladio" loading at the dock Saltaire used on the southwest corner of what is now the "west parking lot" for FIFI. Note that the building to the right is the Murdock fish factory where young Gilbert Murdock Clark began serving up that "Gily Clarks Chowder". Now Molly Malone's for you youngsters.

The other picture is not the "Maid" which was a converted fishing trawler named the "Viking Sr." This one looks more like the "Traveler II" which was longer and narrower than the "Maid".

October 26, 2008 6:13 PM

JOH: THIS IS A GREAT DIALOGUE AND HOW THIS BOG IS SUPPOSED TO FUNCTION. KEEP IT UP EVERYBODY.

FRANK: WAS THE ELADIO COMMISSIONED BY 1919?


ALSO: WE KNOW THERE WAS A SALTAIRE MADE BY THE CC COMPANY AND IT WAS AT THE DOCK DURING THE HURRICANE OF 1938, AND I HEARD OF THE SALTAIRE III AS A PREDECESSOR TO THE ISLANDER , BUT WHAT ABOUT A SALTAIRE II?


And is it true that Gil Murdock Clark was related to the Capt. Murdock that Capt.Baldwin put to sleep with the fishes in the Cove?

5 comments:

cosmo said...

Where is the location of the Saltaire Ferry Terminal in the middle photo? It looks like its approximately where the POW Ferry Terminal is now. Frank- I defer to you.

Derf said...

Nice one Jim, the good old Maid. I always thought that was sort of an unfortunate name for her.

Capt. Frank said...

Jim,
I think that may be the "Eladio" loading at the dock Saltaire used on the southwest corner of what is now the "west parking lot" for FIFI. Note that the building to the right is the Murdock fish factory where young Gilbert Murdock Clark began serving up that "Gily Clarks Chowder". Now Molly Malone's for you youngsters.

The other picture is not the "Maid" which was a converted fishing trawler named the "Viking Sr." This one looks more like the "Traveler II" which was longer and narrower than the "Maid".

Capt. Frank said...

The "Eladio" was built for Saltaire (F.I.B.D.C) in 1910-1911.

The ferry at the dock during the 1938 hurricane was the "Eladio". As of 1947, VOS still owned "Eladio" and "Saltaire II".

See pix sent separately.

Kirk said...

Frank-you are close, the Eladio did come to the FIBDC in 1910 or 11 but she was a private yacht before that. she was converted to a ferry by the Village. My dad was a deckhand on her alongside his stepdad-Capt. George Adams. I recall Dad explaining to me that an iron pipe lattice structure was sometimes installed on the Eladio. Canvas tarps were then tied to the pipes to cover freight or passengers that would ride on the ship's topside-what would the Coast Guard say nowadays!!

The Eladio's steering wheel is proudly displayed in my home in Seattle; a treasured family heirloom over 100 years old! Does anyone know what happened to her life ring that used to hang in the Saltaire Yacht Club?