A dark episode in New Jersey Shore History. The Luxury Liner Morro Castle tragedy; ship burned at sea with great loss of life. Similar ship below.
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “DINNER MENU [held by] Cie Gle TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] “PAQUEBOT “”LA BRETAGNE””” (SS;)” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-85b7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
I wrote and recorded two albums (digital downloads only at this time) Sea, Sand and Pines and Silver Sands and Dark Pines; the topics are associated with The coast of New Jersey (industries, shipwrecks) and historical figures, events and embellished by mythology in some cases. The projects were researched and developed over a decade (1995 – 2005).
The song I have chosen for you this week is “She Walks on Moonless Nights”. The daughter of a “Wrecker* leader” (land pirate) fell in love with a young man who became a seaman; on the cargo vessel he was on the New Jersey Wreckers on Long Beach Island (LBI) did their trick on a moonless night and lured the ship onto the beach where the waves wrecked it. Among the dead was the young woman’s lover.
*The Wreckers set fires along the coast to lure unsuspecting ships into what they assumed was safe harbor. When the ships wrecked the Wreckers confiscated the cargo.