New Discovery At
OLD BEACH TEN
TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE ?
Not much just the edge of water right ?....Right with a few pieces of wood sticking up and looking across narrow bay you see Fire Island in the background....... These photos were taken a week ago, the end of July 2008, by Larry Schulz my oldest friend in Mastic Beach (we have known each other since 1950) The location is the site of the old Beach Ten at the foot of Jefferson Drive, a long ago abandoned and forgotten beach that provided a whole lot of memories and some of the Buzz & Pee Wee short stories that formed the beginnings of this website in 2000. Beach Ten, named for the very last section of property added into Mastic Beach, was built by the MBPOA at the foot of the Knapp Estate about 1940. It consisted of a three sided fishing pier and bulkhead to which was attached a fenced off bathing beach on one side. several truckloads of sand were brought in and a pagoda that was moved from the head of the Mastic Beach lagoon. I think there was a slide and some swings there too in the early 50's.
For the last decade or so you really couldn't get down to the end of Jefferson Drive easily without a 4 wheel drive high sitting truck. The road had fallen into such bad repair that it was even removed from the maps after it intersected with Grove Road and the long forgotten and totaly hidden Dock Road that leads to the remains of Knapp's private dock. But after a phone call to me here in Nashville , good old Larry who still lives in Mastic Beach, had a whim to drive down there last week and see what was shakin' besides the shock absorbers in his van,
His first suprise was they patched up what was left of Jefferson Drive. As they well should because even though William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence has himself a parkway, poor Tom Jefferson, who was not only the author of the document Floyd affixed his John Hancock to, he was the only US President to ever visit the Mastic area! (A liitle fact often overlooked by most Mastic area historians) And all he has is little old Jefferson Drive to show for it. The pot holes that had morphed into small ponds were filled in, so Larry just eased on down like we use to on our balloon tire bomber Rollfasts, Columbias and Schwinns. Your tax dollars at work I guess?
Looking West Those Are The Remains Of The Fishing Pier In The Foreground Just Around The Point Is The Entrance To Knapp's Private Dock
There was a fellow down there in his lawn chair, fishing. The old pier itself that we used to catch flounders and snappers from is long gone from erosion, I saw that first hand from out on the bay back in 2003 and 2004 when Marty Van Lith took me out in his boat, Larry struck up a conversation with Gary the fisherman and believe it or not when Larry asked Gary where he lived,it turns out that Gary is newest owner of my old house on the corner of Mckinley & Elm!
E mails were exchanged and I have since been in touch with Gary, who is a house fixer upper and told me the previous owners have left him with no shortage of work to do. Nonetheless Gary has promised me he will take some photos of the interior of my boyhood home for me. I am eagerlly anticipating that, but I have heard just a few days after Larry spoke with him that one of the Big Old Pine Trees on our property, the one just behind the garage that we had our tire swing on and that I also used to hold a block and tackle to swing car engines out of in the early 60's for my stock car racer, came down in a storm and hit the rear of the house. giving Gary a few more urgent priorities
Old Ken's Rig About To Leave Home : June Of 1964
But I've Digressed,,,,,Back To The Beach ....for it's part of what was there in the spring and summer of 1917 that Larry discovered last week.
HERE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
SEE THOSE LOCUST POSTS ?
THEY HAVE ONLY BEEN REVEALED BY THE EROSION OF THE FISHING PIER AND YOU CAN ONLY SEE THEM AT LOW TIDE. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO VISIT MASTIC BEACH UNLESS YOU WANT TO.,,,,,,,,, WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT PILGRIM , ARE THE REMAINS OF ONE OF THE RAMPS THAT THE 3rd AERIAL COAST PATROL HAULED THEIR SEAPLANES UP ONTO THE SHORE WITH AND INTO THE THEIR HANGERS BACK IN WORLD WAR ONE.