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Young Salts: 1900

Young Salts: 1900

The Jersey Shore circa 1900. "Children playing in the surf at Asbury Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Loved those ropes

As a kid in the 1950s, I remember those ropes. Of course, I am sure they were not the same ones as in this picture, but some variation of these "safety ropes" helped many a non-swimmer (like me) enjoy the water without being swept away by a rogue wave.

They had them at beaches in Atlantic City (pre-casino days) and also at Long Branch, and most other NJ shore beaches. I'm sure other Shorpyites will recall them.

Vessel in Background is a Two-mast Schooner

The vessel in the background is a two-mast (or "two-masted") schooner. The identifying feature is that the rear mast is taller than the foremast. (Yawls and Ketches have the larger mast forward.)

It is most likely a fishing or coastal freighting schooner, rather than a yacht.

Note the large yawlboat being towed behind.

John Ruth

That Boat

Is a gaff rigged schooner.

Can anybody I.D. the boat in the background?

Or, what type is it? Ketch? Yawl?

Post Position

I'm thinking it was no easy feat to reach the top of that post.

There's always one

who wants to get to the top of the greasy pole.

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