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Hauling the Nets: 1904

Hauling the Nets: 1904

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1904. "Young's Pier. Hauling the nets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Young's Pier

Burned in 1912, was rebuilt and then in 1914 got swept away in a storm.


The nets look very empty. Kinda like Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan before the storm aboard "Jenny."

Not up to code

All those people on that heavy pier being supported by a mismatched collection of timber looks like a disaster waiting to happen. You don't see things built with what's at hand like that anymore.

Double decker

Being a landlubber I've never seen a two story pier before. I guess it lends itelf to more activity. Would be curious to know if there are still any of those around and still built today. Wouldn't be out on it to watch an approaching hurricane. A lot of wood surface areas to catch the wind and waves.

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