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, March 22, 2013

1 comment:

Capt. Frank said...


Ray Severe was a consummate "sailzmun" and Betty hardly less. Hot dogs, cold beer, ice cream,zit food, real estate (which is what brought them to Saltaire), all over-priced...

Just as all who have followed that path, RayBet had a habit of "overstatement", neither unique nor particularly malicious", especially in the post-war land rush. Saltaire, alas, is NOT "Six Miles Out to Sea" unless one starts from the northernmost corner of the main OB terminal and sails around to the conceptualized pier in the Cove at the east end of Harbor Prom. Hell, by next year even that might not do it.

As we learned from the infamous SC-120 Small Craft chart ("infamous" in that it was always outdated before the ink was dry) and now Google Earth, the distance from the corner of the Bay Shore Marina to the corner of the Saltaire dock is 5.25 miles (or 9,235 yards, if you care). It also happens to be, geographically, the widest part of Great South Bay, unless you wish to quibble, in which case I will allow that the line goes to the corner of the bulkhead in front of Jon & Bobbi's house.

That line strikes a precise 90-degree angle with the line drawn between the southern tip of Democrat Point and the southern tip of the breakwater at Moriches Inlet which, by the way, is 30.59 miles (again, if you care). This is assuming that the four points are still stationary after the next good blow.

I know the above to be true because Capt. Patterson gave me his sextant and star tables – and because my girls gave me a new H-P desktop with Google Earth Pro at Christmas. Beaver knows this to be true because he was also, long, long ago went to Sea Dog School and became a ferry captain. Anyway there are only two rules in the Ferry Biz:


We should revisit this issue when the blog begins a robust dialog(ue) on the issue of dune restoration. You’ll sure wake up some sleepers with that one!!

As Always,

Capt. Frank