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Gators in the Bronx!

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Water for Concrete

Paddling Back in the Day

1895 Tragedy in a Bronx River Swimming Hole

William Hart, the Bronx River Cowboy

Cowboys on the Bronx

Brittannia Rule the Bronx

The Old Drovers Inn

Look Out for the Little People!

Happy Birthday Bronx River Alliance

The Witch Canoe

Woodlawn Brook

The Mighty Kensico

The Battle of White Plains

Launching the Golden Ball

The Left Bank of the Bronx

Awaiting the Alewife

The Boltons of Bronxdale

Ann Hanson, the Bronx River Stevedore

Aunt Sarah Held the Bridge

Jerry, the Bronx River Sea Lion

How the Bronx Got Its Name

Lloyd Ultan's History of the Bronx River

The Wishing Rock

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Bronx?

Big Brown Joe Plugs the Pipe

Ungrateful Old Scrooge

Jonas the Peacemaker

Beaver Tales

Why the Beaver?

Bronx River Parkway Reservation

The Pudding Rock

The Rocking Stone

Edgar Allan Poe and the Bronx River

Shipbuilding on the Bronx

The First Canoes on the Bronx

There Were Bears in There

McAdam's Bronx River Driveway

The Mid-Bronx Ride of Paul Revere

The Many Names of Van Nest

The Frozen Water Trade

Colonel Burr Burns the Blockhouse

Beavers on the Bronx

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Shipbuilding on the Bronx

Hunts Point Riverside Park was recently the scene of the festive launch of the Water Penny into the Bronx River.  Built by the students and staff of Rocking the Boat, the Water Penny is an exact replica of a Dutch boot tender, the boat that accompanied Adriaen Block on his 1614 voyage of exploration up Long Island Sound. Making his way through the treacherous currents of the East River in his Manhattan-built vessel the Onrust, Block passed by the mouth of the Bronx River just a short distance from where the new Water Penny made its first splash. The Dutch explorer missed his chance to beat Jonas Bronck in putting his name on the river then known as the Aquahung, and instead sailed on up the Sound, where the name of Block Island commemorates him.

 

All this brings to mind an early example of colonial shipbuilding on the Bronx River, which was navigable for small vessels as far up as West Farms. An old bill of sale dated 30 November 1676 tells of “a good puick, or ship, Susannah” that shipwright John Leggett “built in Bronck’s River near Westchester, together with masts, lay boat and other materials.”

 

Leggett sold the Susannah to the New York merchant Jacob Leysler, suggesting that it might have been intended for shipping flour and lumber from the first mills being built on the Bronx River at West Farms.

 

Stephen Paul DeVillo