Going Ashore

At the end of Gatsby, Fitzgerald imagines a vanished Long Island "that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes -- a fresh green breast of the new world." Squint at Naushon the right way, and you may get a small glimpse of what he meant. [Or maybe it's as Tom Lehrer sang, "When correctly viewed, everything is lewd."]

Naushon is privately owned, by a Trust comprising the descendants of John Murray Forbes, who bought the island in 1842. There is a cluster of houses at the east end, overlooking Hadley Harbor, served by a private ferry. But the rest of the island, along with most of the neighboring Elizabeths (also owned by various Forbes family trusts), are conserved in a "natural" state. Like most of New England, nature includes a 400 year legacy of tree-cutting, crop-growing and animal-grazing and the occasional sensitively-placed house. Nonetheless, sailing today among these "many faire Islands", it doesn't take too romantic an imagination to conjure Gosnold in his "small barke of Dartmouth, called The Concord" gliding down the coast in the late spring of 1602. {Brereton}

swimming in tarpaulin cove
Tom Sparks
inflatable dinghy
Tom Sparks
The beach extends nearly around the cove, so a short dinghy trip gets you ashore from just about any spot in the anchorage.

One Hour Ashore

Since public access is limited to the beach, and the lighthouse isn't open either, an hour is plenty of time to walk the whole cove.

Off the Beaten Path

Kettle Cove is diagonally across the island from Tarpaulin Cove; it also has a beach with public access and offers a mirror-image exposure to the north and west, as opposed to the south and east here. So if weather dictates, drop your anchor in Kettle Cove instead.


  • Dinghy

Land your dinghy on the beach. There are no facilities.