This broken, half-rotten pier, also known as Worm’s Hook, is locally infamous for the three anglers killed here a few years ago. Rumors say that a reek that sickened the whole boardwalk
boiled up from beneath that dock, literally melting three men fishing at its end. The fishermen’s metal bait pail still rusts upon a post at the pier’s end. A single, ruined boat has been moored to the pier for a few months, though none know the vessel’s origin. During recent months, a few citizens, either youths eager to demonstrate their courage or drunkards evicted by angry wives, were using the abandoned boat as makeshift lodgings for the night. This practice quickly ceased when Gavol, one of the town’s stevedores, disappeared while sleeping off a hangover in the boat.