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(above) Sketches of Local History Shinnecock Canal Canoe Place Home page 2015

William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Hill paintings; Southampton Town Comprehensive Plans and Codes, Sketches by Artists, Parrish Museum Art Education Students, Historical Research, petitions; maps, charts

(below) William Merritt Chase

Shinnecock Hills from Canoe Place, Long Island  1892 Oil 27.25 inch w x 17.5 inch

Designated a historic landmark by New York State; noted by a plaque from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation (2013). Locks were added (1919) to accommodate differences of tidal elevations between the bays.

(below) 1909 - 1910  Shinnecock Canal Canoe Place Postcard Rogers Memorial Library

Canoe Place derives from the Native American word  “Niamuck” that describes the portage where Shinnecock Nation walked their canoes across “Canoe Place Pond”.

At this narrowing point of land between the Shinnecock and Peconic Bays, the Pond was dredged: reshaped into the Shinnecock Canal (1892) that links two great Bays.

(northeast shore) where Canal meets Peconic Bay:

Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock  1897  Oil 40” x 50”

Note 1: Shinnecock Nation bound (since 1859) to reservation/territory (map pin 5) while their challenge to reclaim ancestral Algonquian lands, since 14,000 years ago, from Town Southampton land grab (colonization beginning 1640) continue in courts (till 2016).

Note 2: zoned non-residential (at the time of private sale 2006) until zone change by Town of Southampton Board 2015) with the right to build 17,000 square feet for Public Recreation, Restaurant and Hotel use in compliance with Conservation Laws including Peconic Estuary Critical Environmental Area mandates for setbacks of 50 - 100ft from the water’s edge, wetlands.

Note 3: The zone change allows 72,000 sq ft of Townhouses (“Hampton Boathouses”); 1800 sq ft private clubhouse; and a 17 slip private access marina (previously public).

Note 4: and (p 125) Policy 10: Protect water dependent uses and promote siting of new water dependent uses in suitable locations, especially the maritime centers at Shinnecock Canal...