Shinnecock Inlet History

30 June 1938.  Pre-Inlet

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This image is part of a mosaic prepared by the Beach

 Erosion Board, the predecessor organization of the

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Coastal Engineering

 Research Center.


24 September 1938.

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Taken 3 days after Great New England Hurricane,

 this image shows the new Shinnecock Inlet and many

 overwash fans along the adjacent shore. 


24 February 1939

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Five months after the hurricane, a prominent flood

 shoal has formed in Shinnecock Bay, but only a small

 ebb had grown on the Atlantic side of the inlet,

 Construction equipment is stockpiled on the road just

 west of the inlet. Suffolk County, with support from

 the Works Progress Administration, constructed a

 1,470-ft bulkhead along the west side of the inlet. The

 ocean shore east of the inlet remained unstructured.


10 March 1956

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The east and west jetties have been completed, and

 now the channel is restricted to a N-S direction. A

 sand spit still protrudes from the west beach into the

 inlet. The updrift fillet (on the east (right) side has

 begun to fill with sand. Note that the west beach is

 straight because the area directly west of the west

 jetty had not yet begun to erode. The dune that

 parallels the road is vegetated almost to the edge of

 the inlet. In the future, this area would

suffer chronic erosion.


24 October 1996

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Breaking waves show where the west edge of the ebb

 shoal joins the west beach. The ebb shoal is still

 approximately a symmetric oval of sand, but

 compared to the 1960's and 1970's, it has been pushed

 about 500 m west of the inlet mouth. Rough water

 can be seen between the jetties and across the mouth

 of the inlet. With the wave conditions on this day, a

 boat leaving the inlet would encounter breaking

 waves on the forward port quarter.