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The Indians called Shelter
Island "Manhansack-aha-quashawomock", which meant
"an island sheltered by islands".
And that is exactly what makes this island so
Shelter Island (or "The Rock" as it
is commonly called) is nestled between the twin
forks of Long Island, protecting it from the
swells of the ocean. Shelter Island was
first settled by the Manhassett Indians and then
later by the English in 1652. There are many
interesting facts to be learned about Shelter
Island's long and rich history.
Today sailors and boaters, alike
continue to enjoy these beautiful waters. We
highly recommended a sail or cruise around Shelter
Island. While circling the island you will
see not only all the beautiful sights Shelter
Island has to offer, but also to gorgeous scenery
of the North and South Forks. While the
scenery is beautiful, please beware of several "touchy" areas
if you are boating around the island For more information please see our
Hazard Around Shelter Island" Page.