National Geographic : 1950 Aug
Block Island's Legends Tell of Sea Tragedy and Buried Gold Visitors to the pear shaped dot of land nine miles off the Rhode Island shore find little evidence of yesterday's drama-peopled by Indians, explorers, muti neers, pirates, and wreckers. Yet, frequently the island's sands are disturbed by optimists digging for treas ure buried by Captain Kidd. Another link with history, the graves of the Palatine immigrants, recalls the mutiny, shipwreck, and fire which inspired a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. Block Island today is a quiet haven whose menfolk draw their livelihood from the sea. Broadbill sword fish and bluefin tuna pro vide thrills for rod-and-reel anglers and good incomes for commercial fishermen. A Block Island youth comes of age on his first fishing trip. Here, in the harbor chan nel, the ketch MalabarXIII passes the excursion steamer Chauncey M. Depew, from Providence. At the helm is the late Morgan Butler, of New Bedford, Massachu setts. © National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Melville Bell Grosvenor 'it' '"