GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

One of our Long Beach Island symbols for many years has been the Fisherman’s Shack.  More properly a hunters’ shack it was said to date from the 20’s and to have been on the marshes adjacent to Route 72 since the 50’s.   It became a traditional signal that one had arrived at the beach and, passing it on the way home, a farewell to happy vacation memories.  Unfortunately the years took their toll and the shack deteriorated.  There were outcries for preservation, and volunteers installed interior bracing.  When I last photographed it three years ago the roof was gone and the internal bracing 2×4’s could be seen.

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I had photographed it earlier in 2005 when its character was still on display.

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The 2005 winter image became the basis for a Christmas Card, and many prints of it have since been sold at craft/art shows.

There have been hundreds of Shack scenes, photographs and paintings, but only one with a Christmas Tree in a gentle winter’s night snowfall.

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Well, Hurricane Sandy came and went last fall, and the Shack went with it.  It was completely flattened and its timbers were disbursed to the meadows.  This was a very sad event for residents and the thousands of annual visitors to LBI.   A strange thing, however, happened to me this past week.  I was returning to the island on a sun-filled, puffy cloud day.  Held up by traffic I momentarily looked over at the Shack’s former site.

Wonder of wonders…..a phenomenon….. some weird diffraction of the sun’s rays…..a shimmering mirage.  Whatever… it was briefly there and saying softly,

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“Please don’t forget me.”

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23 Responses to “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”

  1. MikeP Says:

    Sorry … but I had all but forgotten this shack, having not traveled down 72 much in the last few years. Thanks for giving it life again Ralph.

  2. Jenn Says:

    Awww. So sad that it really is gone. At least it was natural forces — and not intentional demolition. Nice imagery.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Great images and great story, thanks Ralph for sharing this!!!

  4. Jay Says:

    Well done Ralph! A terrific “photo” for our memories!

  5. Pat Worley Says:

    What a sweet story. Why don’t you send your essay and photos to the local newpapers. Your homage is truly beautiful and I’m sure it will touch many people’s heart.

  6. Roz Williams Says:

    Well done – Ro

  7. Sally Vennel Says:

    Great idea and execution, Ralph. I too have photographed it over the years, but only in the summer/fall of course, and have had quite a few in the NJ Calendars. I will miss it. Keep up the great work – always love checking your blog – it is an inspiration. Sally

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Sally. The idea’s been simmering for a while. I was thinking I needed to get a shot of the site now but then realized I had some file images, one of which I modified.

  8. Tom and Jeanne Says:

    How did you do that Ralph? It’s great!

    T&J

  9. Bob williams Says:

    This really surprised me!

  10. Rich Lewis Says:

    Great eulogy to an icon of the Jersey shore. So many of these icons have been lost recently but with posts like this they won’t be forgotten too soon. Thanks Ralph

  11. Mary Lou Webber Says:

    A little legerdemain, me thinks. Lovely shore memory kept alive. Mary Lou Webber

  12. denisebushphoto Says:

    Nice post about a little shack so many were hoping could be saved. Now it only lives on in our memories and photographs.


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