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post #9 of Old 01-27-2013
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Re: Hell Gate

Chef is correct with anything from slack to full ebb going down
(south on the east River).
Can ride an incoming current heading west from Northport and
continue down East River all the way to/out lower harbor on out going current.
Places to wait for current to go down river:
Little Bay, at foot of Throgs Neck Bridge (southeast)
Little Neck Bay, 1nm southeast, no services.
Manhasset Bay, 3nm east, all services...recommended for diesel over City Island.
City Island, 3nm north of bridge between City Is. and Hart Is.,
suggest do not stop for diesel at north end of City Island unless careful as is shoals and rocks just outside channel.
Or pick up guest mooring at Steppingstone Marina 2nm east of bridge (ch 71) as this is our home marina, give some notice and come say hello. But beware of Steppingstone rocks triangle,
marked to the north by the lighthouse and to the south by nuns
#2 and#4.
Pass west of Roosevelt Island, usually no security issues unless president or all heads of state at UN. Have gone down river on and around sept. 11th with no problem.
Can get up close and personal with Statue of Liberty no problem,
but watch for shoals on 3 sides north, south, and west actually
good place to stop out of traffic for site seeing or some lunch.
Or, if need to make time down to lower bay go through Buttermilk
Channel between Governors Island and Brooklyn.
Lot of history on that stretch of water...
civil war/confederate prison camp/Nike missile base on Hart Island
America Cup boats built on City Island
Typhoid Mary imprisoned on North Brother Island
British prison ships during revolutionary war at Wallabout Bay
same site as Brooklyn Navy yard
Fultons steamboat
Washington retreating across river from Brooklyn
(rowed across by Mass. sailors/fishermen)
and on and on... sorry...
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