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Shinnecock Canal Canoe Place 
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A series of winter storms in the 1870s had washed great quantities of sand over the beaches and into the bay rendering it shallow and all but unnavigable except by small boats. It was for the most part land-locked and tideless. The lack of circulation had killed the clam beds and severely depleted the fish stocks. It was principally for this reason that a campaign began in the 1870s to persuade the state legislature to approve construction of a canal connecting Peconic and Shinnecock bays at Canoe Place Pond (now part of the Shinnecock Canal) Read more...coloniaizing_southampton-_canal.htmlcoloniaizing_southampton-_canal.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0