Louise Forsslund – Author – Ship of Dreams

Louise Foster (Forsslund)

Although she was not a permanent Brookhaven Hamlet resident, Louise Foster, who used Louise Forsslund as her nom de plume,  lived for a time near Squassux Landing and gathered the folk tales of the baymen and other hamlet residents.  She was a Sayville native who wrote novels placed in the south shore of Long Island with characters closely drawn on the residents.  Her second novel “Ship Of Dreams” published in 1902 mixes and matches thinly disguised members of the aristocratic Tangier Smith family of the Manor of St. George along with the area locals.  It is said that it was so closely drawn that the last Smith heirs looked into a possible lawsuit.

The full novel (pdf):  Ship of Dreams