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“The Stinkhouse” – Abandoned Fish Factory

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2005

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Just offshore of Mystic Island is an island with an abandoned fish factory on it. Some people refer to it as “The Stinkhouse” because of the alleged stench coming from the island. A group of us, including William from It’s New Jersey, rented a small boat and headed out to the island. We saw some docks in front of the factory but couldn’t land at them because they were in too bad of shape. So we beached the boat and attempted to find a path to the factory. Upon landing, we noticed lots of pieces of cups and plates along the island’s shore. We still don’t know where they came from or why they’re there.
We tried hacking through a thicket, but I found a semi-path along the docks to the right side of the island. It was a dangerous path, and we were covered with gnats the entire way. We had to hack through the last 15 feet or so to reach the main building.


Dead horseshoe crabs covered with flies.


Approaching the building.

After finally getting to the factory, the bugs seemed to vanish. As we poked around inside, a big owl swooped down from another room and then flew out a hole in the roof. Ospreys are also abundant on the island. There is some graffiti inside, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. People have been here, but not too many.


This building was inaccessible due to it being surrounded by poison ivy.

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