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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol
Sunday, July 27th
Current as of: 2 June 2003
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We will be meeting in the afternoon on Sunday, July
27th and anchoring in the bight off Asharoken Beach north
of Northport Harbor in 6-10' of water with a soft mud bottom.
If there's a strong southwesterly, we'll anchor north of
the mooring field in Northport Harbor off Little Neck and
south of Asharoken Beach, instead. Mean tidal range is
Use NOAA charts 12365 and 12363.
Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch
to 72 for fleet communications.
G"1" Fl G 4s off the long spit of
West Beach marks the entrance to Northport Bay, due E of
Lloyd Harbor. Northport Bay leads to Price Bend, Centerport
Harbor, Northport Harbor and Duck Island Harbor. The Asharoken
Beach anchorage is apporximately 1.8 nm east of G"1" Fl
G 4s at the entrance of Northport Bay and approximately 22
nm from the flotilla's previous destination of Port Washington
on Manhasset Bay.
Like Port Washington, Northport is part of
Long Island's historic "Gold Coast" where the rich
and famous came to play, the most prominent among them was
William Kissam Vanderbilt II who built "Eagle's Nest" mansion
on Little Neck.
Lying between Huntington and Smithtown, historic
Northport offers visitors a glimpse at many Victorian and
18th century homesteads, shops, and storefronts, all carefully
preserved. Northport's Main Street downtown shopping area
offers visitors boutique shopping galore and a magnificent
view of the harbor.
The first inhabitants of Northport were the
Matinecock indians. In 1650 the first Dutch settlers came
to the territory from New Amsterdam and reported their discovery
to The Hague. The report described "good fishing, fine
meadowlands and mostly level ground suitable for farms and
cattle". Six years later, this area, which would be
called Great Cow Harbor, was purchased from Chief Asharoken
by three Englishmen for seven quarts of liquor, two coats,
four shirts and eleven ounces of powder. Relations between
the settlers and the Indians were friendly, and the small
colony flourished with farming and shell-fishing
When the Revolutionary War broke out, the Fifth Company of the Army
was raised by Captain Platt Vail in Great Cow Harbor. It fought along
side four companies from Huntington in the Battle of Long Island in
Brooklyn, where George Washington's forces were defeated by the British.
Long Island remained under British military control for the next eight
After the Revolution just thirty-one families were left and the task
of rebuilding Great Cow Harbor began. Farms were replanted, sheep and
cattle were replenished, and the residents looked at the sea and saw
the future. In 1798 the lighthouse at at Eaton's Neck was erected.
Four years later, twenty-eight residents petitioned the Town of Huntington
for a public dock at Bryant's Landing - now the Northport Village Dock.
By the 1830's shipbuilding had become a major
industry. From 1873 to 1887 a stage coach met the trains
at 25-A and Church Street and then the East Northport station.
The Village of Northport was incorporated in 1896 and the
Northport Electric Light Company was founded. Northport was
the first village in Huntington Township to convert to electricity,
and in 1902, the electrically-operated Northport Trolley
line relieved the stage coaches of the chore of meeting the
Points of Interest:
The Northport Harbor Pump-Out Boat monitors
VHF Channel 9
Sea Tow and TowBoat U.S. both monitor VHF
Channels 9 and 16
We plan on eating onboard our own vessels.
If you want to go ashore to eat at a restaurant, it's a
long dinghy ride to the Town of Northport to the south.
Once there you need only to stroll down Northport's historic
Main Street to find a place