FIRE ISLAND HISTORY >> By Thomas McGann

  • 1921 – OCEAN BEACH – FIRE ISLAND

    1921 – OCEAN BEACH – FIRE ISLAND

      Let’s take a trip back in time. As we celebrate the centennial anniversary of Ocean Beach it seems advisable to pause and consider what life was like 100 year ago. Even getting to the island was difficult. Thanks to ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • RETURN OF THE LENS

    RETURN OF THE LENS

    Once there were three major lighthouses protecting the south shore of Long Island. The first built was the Montauk Light. The second was the Fire Island Lighthouse and the third was the Shinnecock Lighthouse (aka Ponquogue Light). All three were outfitted with state-of-the-art Fresnel lenses.READ MORE »
  • Ed Mooney – Commodore – Fire Island Ferries, Inc.

    Ed Mooney – Commodore – Fire Island Ferries, Inc.

    On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Long Island Maritime Museum feted Captain Ed Mooney with its highest honor, bestowing on him the Polaris Award for Excellence stating, “The North Star – Polaris – lies very close to the celestial North ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Camp Siegfried, Long Island’s Nazi Summer Retreat

    Camp Siegfried, Long Island’s Nazi Summer Retreat

    The year 2020 marks the 75th commemoration of liberating prisoners from the Nazi concentration camps, and exposing just how inhumane humans can be. The National Socialists Party of Germany, aka the Nazi Party, never painted the words Only Aryan Lives ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Fresnel Lens – The Invention That Saved a Million Ships

    Fresnel Lens – The Invention That Saved a Million Ships

    Long Island is home to some 20 odd lighthouses. Montauk Point Light was the first built, but Fire Island Light is the tallest at 168 feet (with 182 steps – but who’s counting) and is 50 feet higher than her ... Full StoryREAD MORE »