2005-07-15 / Columnists

Historical Views

of the Rockaways The Great Bar
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

of the Rockaways
The Great Bar – Jamaica Bay – 1901

From The Rockaway Museum
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

When Rockaway photographer Phillip Nybo took this picture of Jamaica Bay from atop Seaside’s giant water ride, Shoot the Chutes, I wonder if he ever though he was preserving history. During 1901, Nybo took a series of photographs around Rockaway, and published a picture book the following year.

Dead center in this photograph (a blow-up from an old 8x10) is the Great Bar once known as Schmeelk’s Island and later Lundy’s Island. The bar is east of Little Egg Marsh, south of the western end of Big Egg Marsh, and on the north side of Beach Channel opposite the Seaside section. A lone buoy and a single wooden pile mark the spot presently, and part of the bar is high and dry at low tide. Very little (if any) marsh remains at this spot, which, as shown in the photo, once contained a large fishing and shellfish establishment. The station looks big enough to have been a commercial one at this time.

Does any old timer out there in Waveland recall the site? Let us know. A garbage incinerator was once planned on this site!

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