|Seawall w/ submerged RR ties to left.|
When the barrier islands along the coast here were first settled more than 100 years ago, the primary mode of transportation on and off of the islands and from island to island was by train. A railroad once existed on this island directly east of the road that exists now. The island is not that wide, so when the railroad was first built, the beaches and banks along the marsh and the bay here had to be fortified by wooden bulkheads and sea walls. Before the tracks were laid, the beaches leading up to these structures were filled in with sand and debris. The filler included trees, logs, brick, old building block, broken glass, and bottles. The metal rails of the tracks have long since been removed, but everything else remains.
Erosion and the continual movement of the tide have uncovered much of the fill that once held up the railroad. Upon entering the beach here, one can see a vast debris field leading up to the water's edge. At first glance, it looks natural, but as you begin to look closely, you can see the telltale signs off a distant past. The worn down walls and bulkheads still jut up from the muddy beach; the bricks and block are now strewn about; and the railroad ties lay rotting, sinking into the sand and bog beneath them. I venture out to this beach as much as possible as bottles are washed out of the earth here with every rise and fall of the tide- especially the higher full and new moon tides. Many of the bottles that I find here have emerged from the beach in perfect condition, preserved for a century deep within the sand and muck. Sometimes it is an almost eerie site to arrive and see the tops of dozens of bottles sticking out of the banks like glass zombies rising from their graves, reaching out for the next passerby. And often times I will find perfect bottles laying out in the open untouched in the sunlight, ripe for the taking...
I visited this beach this past week, and found several bottles of interest. I have posted some scenic pictures below:
|Part of the bulkhead/seawall. |
The bank on the left drops off into about 20 feet of water.
|More of the seawall.|
I wonder how much bigger this beach used to be...?
|One of the banks that reveals bottles and glass after a heavy high tide.|
Notice the colors...