You were one of those? There's still a strong current in that channel when the tide is changing. The whole secret was to swim with, not against it.(Still is.)<quoted text>
Yes, I was one of those foolish kids that swam across once or twice on a dare. If my parents know about it, I would probably still be grounded to this day.
The swim wasn't particularly challenging for someone who knew how to swim, but the dangers associated with boats and with a fairly strong current when the tides were changing could pose a challenge for the less experienced.
The fishing is the part I miss the most. The snappers were always in abundance this time of year.
Do you rememner the big barge that was tied up between Muzzio's boatyard and the current launching ramp. How about
Richie Charette's houseboat in there?
Then there was a certain ice vending machine owner whose station wagon couldn't float, but it sure sank very well. All that was recovered years later - the next time the channel was dredged - were a couple of rims and tires.
Sounds like you lived on Rippowam or Iriquois...
Do you remember any of the Altomare brothers, Al Blois, Nick Grimaldi, Joe Nuro, Joe Scarella, or any of those guys from the '60's?