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Closed Sea: From the Manasquan to the Mullica - A History of Barnegat Bay Paperback – June 10, 2002

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"It is a masterful guide, before its time in many ways." --Asbury Park Press

"Ecologist and environmental historian Kent Mountford, chronicles the history of this important body of water from the days of the Leni-Lenape and the earliest European explorers." --New Jersey Monthly

"Kent Mountford, estuarine ecologist and environmental historian, has had a fascination with Barnegat Bay since his college days; an affair of the heart, which blossomed into a book belonging in the library of anyone who has ever dipped a foot into this salt water. Closed Sea… is a kind of historical, social, ecological and certainly in-depth Baedeker of the vast bay… and the shores it touches." --The Beachcomber

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Pirates and whalers, Revolutionary patriots and loyalists, fishermen, iron masters and vacationers ‹ all are part of the colorful history of New Jersey¹s Barnegat Bay region. Filled with historical anecdote and keen observations of sea and shore, Closed Sea is a compelling portrait of this unique environment and its history.

You will learn of the Lenni Lenape, follow the earliest explorers as they first set eyes on the pristine bay, the Dutch and British settlers who came after them and the intrigues and battles of the ³Colonial Rebellion.² You will meet the whalers who migrated from New England to New Jersey¹s coastal waters, and the many others who harvested the sea¹s bounty. You will go with the men of the U.S. Life Saving Service into the icy, treacherous surf of a winter storm. Tales of shipwrecks and of pirate treasure buried on barrier beaches alternate with tales of the Pine Barrens, a place you will visit when it was a thriving center of 18th century industry. And, finally, you will join early summer vacationers for rollicking times in the first guest houses of the Jersey Shore.

With a naturalist¹s eye and a sailor¹s experience, Kent Mountford describes the Shore¹s past, its shifting inlets, disappearing islands, dangerous tides and shoals. Moving inland, he documents the Pinelands environment and the industries it has supported over the centuries. As the coast and the forest have shaped the lives of their inhabitants, so people have influenced the land and the waters.

Closed Sea tells the remarkable history of a fascinating place, a place of great beauty, danger and opportunity, a place that has cast its spell on generations of people ‹ those who came to make a living and those who came to play. Both have brought enormous changes to a sensitive ecosystem ‹ a coastal environment that today is under more pressure than ever.

Begun in 1956, Closed Sea was well ahead of its time. In was environmental history before that discipline had a name or a following. Published now for the first time, the book has tremendous relevance for today¹s residents and visitors to the Jersey Shore. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593220278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593220273
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very interesting work if you live or vacation on the Barnegat Bay. It doesnt read easily, but if you can overlook the writing style, there is a lot of interesting local history.
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An excellent history of Barnegat Bay. A good reference for history buffs and a must for anyone who spends time at the Jersey Shore and wonders what it was like before mass-development took it over.
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I love history and this redo of an earlier book is full of the history of The Bay. Anyone interested in NJ or its rich history this is a must.
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Great for reference but not a page burner. People in the area would like it for a reference to p[lace names and the history of the area.
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An excellent history and analysis of pollution.
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