I was just reading the article on the probable locations of Vinland. I was especially interested in Horsford’s statement that Straumsey was actually Monomoy Island. I’m somewhat familiar with Monomoy Island, as my family and I have visited the place regularly for the last few years. I remember being told the history of the island, and I can say without a doubt that Monomoy Island could not have been the “Straumsey” mentioned in the Norse sagas… because Monomoy Island did not exist 1000 years ago!
Here’s the situation – Cape Cod and the surrounding islands are really nothing more than a group of sand bars… and as such are in a constant state of flux, being regularly reshaped by winds and tides. Over the last three centuries, the coastline of Cape Cod has changed significantly… and Monomoy Island is a clear example. Monomoy Island only became an island relatively recently; it used to be attached to Cape Cod, and was called Monomoy Point. The winds and tides had been elongating Monomoy Point for years, until a storm washed away the section that connected it to the rest of The Cape. Taking this into account, one realises that Monomoy Point must have been relatively tiny 1000 years ago… assuming it existed at all. Thus, there is no way that Monomoy Point/Island could have been the “Straumsey” mentioned in the Norse Sagas.
By extension, even if 1000 years ago there was another island near the location now occupied by Monomoy Island, the simple fact is that ancient island would have been washed away by time and tide long ago.