The Beachcomber

Six Miles at Sea LBI History Back in Print

First of John Bailey Lloyd LBI Trilogy
By J.D. WATSON | May 24, 2019

Long Beach Island — Six Miles at Sea: A Pictorial History of Long Beach Island, John Bailey Lloyd’s seminal work, is being re-released in an expanded, 30th anniversary edition, with 16 additional pages of historic photographs and material.

The book was written in 1989 and has been out of print for about two years, so the time was right for a new edition, said Ray Fisk of Down The Shore Publishing.

“Thinking back on 30-plus years, John Bailey Lloyd had a remarkable impact on the understanding of Long Beach Island’s past and an appreciation for the rich history of the Island,” Fisk explained.

Six Miles at Sea is the first of Lloyd’s eventual LBI trilogy, which includes Eighteen Miles of History on Long Beach Island (1994) and Two Centuries of History on Long Beach Island (2005, by his widow, Jeanette Lloyd, two years after he passed away).

“In the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, John Bailey Lloyd was a marquee name in LBI history,” Fisk said.

He wrote a history theme series, a newspaper column sponsored by Bay State Bank, before Six Miles at Sea was published.

“He had a huge following,” Fisk recalled. “I remember reading them and saying, ‘he’s a great writer.’”

Lloyd also gave talks on local history, prompting people who heard him to later bring him material. After the book was published, Lloyd gave summer Monday night talks at the LBI Historical Museum. “They were standing room only,” Fisk marveled.

The 30th anniversary edition presented unique challenges for the publisher. “Because the book was published in the pre-digital era, we had to recreate the book from scratch.” Some original photographs had been lost over the years; newer ones were found.

“We recreated the original but with higher quality, a new cover, additional photographs, some updates and editorial changes.”

Lloyd’s influence is still felt today on the Island, according to Fisk. “When people design a new home or the new hotels, it’s a nod to the historical look, the aesthetic” that Lloyd documented in his books. “It’s part of his legacy.”

The 30th Anniversary Edition is due out Memorial Day Weekend, and will be available locally. See down-the-shore.com for more information.

— J.D. Watson

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