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On Tuesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m., the NJ State Library will present a free author talk by Gretchen F. Coyle '58 titled, "Tucker's Island." The program will be held in the Level 2 Reading Room of the library at 185 West State Street, Trenton.
Gretchen, along with co-author Deborah C. Whitcraft, are maritime historians and popular speakers about New Jersey's illustrious maritime history. This is their second book about New Jersey's maritime history. The first was Inferno at Sea: Stories of Death and Survival aboard the Morro Castle.
Tucker's Island was once located along the New Jersey coast between Great Bay and Little Egg Harbor. Its eight miles were once covered with sand dunes and native foliage. For generations the Rider family kept the lighthouse shining, providing aid to ships in distress, but Tucker's Island eventually disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean and in 1932 the island was removed from tax records.