Starvation Island

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For the inter-connected tidal islands known as Starvation Island in North Wales, see Ynys Feurig.
Starvation Island (The Island)

Starvation Island (also known as Mohawk Island) on the Navesink River in Rumson, New Jersey was a small (approximately 2.5 acre[1]) island located between Sea Bright and Barley Point. Early in the 20th century, it was inhabited by Red Bank oysterman George Frick[1] and also fisherman Thomas Schwindt, and then other families began to build bungalows. At various times from the early 1900s to the 1970s there were between 10 and 13 bungalows. The families who stayed there (the Schwindt's, the Knop's, the Ruland's, the Wyballie's, the Stevenson's, the Humphry's, the Healey's, the Basse's, the Blade's, the Katire's, the Fagan's to name a few) would arrive in early summer and stay until school began. They referred to it as "The Island". There was no electricity or running water and the only way to reach the island was by boat or at low tide you could make the trek from where Navesink Avenue dead-ended into the river or as the islanders called it "the end of the road". The families lived with the bare necessities and enjoyed the island life, which included clamming, crabbing, fishing, boating, fires at night, and all the simple things that make life great. The bungalows burned in a mysterious fire in 1973 but the memories of those who stayed there live on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rumson: Shaping a Superlative Suburb by Randall Gabrielan, Arcadia Publishing (May 26, 2003) p. 58.

Coordinates: 40°22′46″N 73°59′52″W / 40.379374°N 73.997879°W / 40.379374; -73.997879