Three investors bought Merchants (or Pearce) island about 1890: Edward Samuel Page, Mr. Kitchen, and another investor. They had trouble selling lots because of fresh water issues. This photo shows Merchants Island from Riverview in 1910, with the pier and float in the foreground, enabling the only access to the island, and Wingaersheek dunes in the background (right) A handful of cottages still stand on Merchants, used in the summer only.
Here’s a cottage on Merchant’s Island about 1900, with a moored dory holding fish traps. A few hardy summer residents of Merchants have visited the gallery. I noticed they frequently looked outside at the weather. That’s understandable – it’s a long row home.