By Mike Busch November 2016

On Sunday, November 13th, I was invited to tour Fire Island with contributor Fred Greco and Pilot John in a state of the art Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter.

We have featured Fred’s Aerial photography before and promise it is worth checking out again here, here, and here.

I took over 1000 images (and will feature several communities in the coming weeks) but a few stood out for further inspection.

Once we passed East of Davis Park and Watch Hill, I noticed an area of erosion into the primary dune with what looked like a potential exposed shipwreck.

I didn’t realize it at the time but this was also the King Tide, associated with the Super Moon that would be rising later that night.

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Luckily I have a few contacts that work for the Fire Island National Seashore and quickly emailed the images to Elizabeth Rogers, Public Affairs Specialist and Patricia Whitlock, seasonal Park Ranger.

Patricia knows the area well having lived with her family at nearby Long Cove as a child and suggested it could be the Bessie White.

Several days later they dispatched a ranger to drive to the Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness area and check it out.

Soon our suspicion was confirmed, the Bessie White was once again uncovered!


Bessie White | February 1922