Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Setting & Symbolism

Michael Capuzzo
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Jersey Coast

In 1916, a juvenile great white shark stalked the coastline of New Jersey. After several attacks, the people and visitors of the beach communities became panicked over the man-eating sea monster that was terrorizing its shores.

Philadelphia

Dr. Eugene Vansant, a prestigious physician in Philadelphia, took his family for an outing on the Jersey Shore on July 1, 1916. Vansant's son, Charles, was the first victim of the great white shark. Dr. Vansant stood by helpless as his son bled to death from his wounds.

Beach Haven

The first shark attack of July 1916 occurred at Beach Haven on the Jersey Shore. Thousands of visitors had thronged to the beach trying to escape the oppressive heat of the summer.

New Essex and Sussex Hotel

The bell captain of the New Essex and Sussex Hotel, Charles Bruder, was the second fatality from the attacks by a great white shark along the...

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