OLD FERRY PIER
DIRECTIONS: (Lawrence, Nassau
presently no available parking at this site. The only access
is by boat.
Highway into the town of Lynbrook. Turn south on Broadway,
onto Causeway Road. Turn left on Seaview Avenue and take it to the
It turns right and changes names to Oxford. Oxford then turns left
becomes Prospect Place, which will bring you to a private yacht
no parking is permitted, but I will describe the dive
for those who can find
access by boat or
In 1982 my diving
buddy, Rick Schwarz, and I dove this site after an old map
the location of a ferry pier. I was able to get permission from the
yacht club, and we soon found ourselves along with other dive
recovering hundreds of old blob top bottles dating
back to the late 1800's.
dive, each of us would literally fill two nylon bags with
from beer to medicine bottles.
The remains of the
pier are located at the entrance to Snake Creek on Reynolds Channel.
The water is very shallow. At high tide it ranges from only two feet
to eight feet, and at low tide there is hardly enough water to swim
in. There is
also a very strong current that whips around the
point, constantly burying and uncovering bottles. When diving here
we wear a little extra weight and bring a
small garden type
claw. This claw not only serves as a digging tool, but helps to
ourselves in position against the current.
In 1991, Rick and I, along with divers, Mel Brenner
and Mike McMeekin,
returned to the
Old Ferry Pier
We were pleasantly surprised to find that bottles
could still be found. It wasn't like the old days
when at the end of the dive it was
hard to carry the full bag of bottles, but the site
was still productive. One should
note that most of the remaining bottles are buried,
and probing or digging in the
sand is required to locate them.
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