13 Legends of Fire Island: and the Great South Bay

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iUniverse, Dec 23, 2008 - Fiction - 84 pages
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Here are stories about Fire Island’s pirates, ghosts, shipwrecks and treasure chests of buried gold and silver. One tale relates the story of the possibility of the Viking discovery of Fire Island; another describes the torture of the island’s slave trade prison. There is a story of unrequited love in the smoldering aftermath of an important Revolutionary War battle and another of German submarine saboteurs of World War II.

If you like horror and suspense, history and mystery, or if you simply enjoy Fire Island and the Great South Bay and want to take home a piece of it home with you, then you will love this anthology. These stories will kindle your interest in visiting new beach locations and spur your imagination with thoughts of what was, and what might well have been. Even if you have never visited the area before, these tales of universal human experience are bound to fascinate. You are certain to want to share 13 Legends of Fire Island and the Great South Bay with friends, after you can put it down, that is.

 

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Contents

Two Brutal Women and the Famous Money Ship of Fire Island
1
The Watch Hill Stone
5
The Terrorist
11
The Grasping Hands
16
The Spirit of Margaret Fuller
21
Fire Islands First and Most Infamous Pirate
26
The Lone Sentry
32
The Woman in the Black Velvet Dress
37
The Face in the Rigging
42
Tala the Wolf
48
Billy Boston
52
Another Turn of the Screw
57
A Greater Spirit
63
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Jack Whitehouse has spent most of his life on or near the water. He first visited Fire Island as a child in the early 1950s and remains a regular visitor to this day. In 1955 he took his first sailing lesson on the Great South Bay eventually teaching sailing for the Wet Pants Sailing Association in the early 1960s. Receiving his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he then served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Buck for two cruises to Vietnam. In 1971 he became the Executive Officer and then the Commanding Officer of the patrol gunboat U.S.S. Chehalis sailing out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the early 1970s, following Norwegian language training, he became the first U.S. Navy exchange officer with the Royal Norwegian Navy serving for a combined total of 20 months in Norwegian frigates, patrol boats and submarines in waters north of the Arctic Circle. Jack is currently working on a second book: a history of the home for children, known as the "Cottages," in Sayville, Long Island. He also writes for the Fire Island Tide under the pen names Jay D. Raines and Lee Jouvet.

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