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)
Friday, April 8, 2011
SAVE THIS SHIP. WEEKEND UPDATES NEEDED
CLICK ON COMMENTS BELOW AND LOOK AT THE COMMENTS BY LONG TIME SALTAIRIAN VINNY SAHI. WE ARE THE FIRST TO ADMIT WE SOMETIMES FOLLOWED THE STORY OF THE WRECK OF THE LE PAPILION SOMEWHAT WHIMSICALLY, BUT WE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT RIPPING OFF SHIPWRECKS ON FIRE ISLAND HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR CENTURIES. VINNY NOW TELLS US THERE IS AN UGLY UNDERBELLY TO THE LE PAPILLON STORY. THE RIPPERS-OFFERS OF FIRE ISLAND SHIP WRECKS OVER THE CENTURIES HAVE NOT BEEN "PIRATES" LIKE IN THE MOVIES: THEY HAVE BEEN OPPORTUNISTS AND EVERYDAY LOOTERS. YOU WHO ARE PRIVILEGED TO VISIT SALTAIRE THIS WEEKEND, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK: HAS THIS VESSEL BEEN DAMAGED BY SOMETHING OTHER THAN MOTHER NATURE? IS THIS OK IN 2011? WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? CONFRONT ANYONE YOU SEE TRYING TO RIP IT OFF. --joh
The picture above is LePapillon in better times: Le Papillon off Moorea near Cook's Bay.