Suffolk County Historical Society: Photo of the Week, 2018 / OLD OYSTER PACKING HOUSE AND DOCK … UPDATE 1.13.18


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The Suffolk County Historical Society’s PHOTO OF THE WEEK Series is created by head research librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell using historic primary source materials from our local history library’s extensive archives. To subscribe, visit our website or send an email request to Wendy at librarian@schs-museum.org 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: January 13, 2018— FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES

“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck

Old Oyster Packing House and Dock, New Suffolk

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

Old Oyster Packing House and Dock, New Suffolk. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

The oyster packing house burned down in 1980, but before that time it was home to the Standard Oyster Company at New Suffolk, a subsidiary of the Andrew Radel Oyster Company, planters and wholesale shippers of Robbins Island Oysters.

According to an informational brochure published by the company in 1935 (also within our collection), in just a few hours a crew of fourteen men on a steamboat was capable of catching and unloading 3,000 bushels of oysters a day from the Great Peconic Bay. The oysters were harvested with a dredge or mesh basket dropped overboard and dragged over the oyster beds for 100 yards to catch the oysters. After the dredge was emptied onto the boat, it would be lowered for another haul into the deep salty oyster beds of the bay. The oysters were then  taken to the packing house, cleaned, assorted for size, and packed into barrels for same-day shipping. “That’s one reason they taste so good!”

Suggested Reading: Robbins Island Oysters, New Suffolk, Long Island, by Standard Oyster Company, Sole Producers of Robbins Island Oysters, 1935.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: January 6, 2018— FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES

“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck

The Great Blizzard of 1888

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

The Russell Snow Plow & Hand Flanger, Riverhead, undated.It was because of the Great Blizzard of 1888 that the LIRR acquired snow plows to help clear the tracks during major snow events. (Image from the Orville Young Photograph Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives [211.4.399]. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

Nearly 130 years later, the Great Blizzard of 1888 is still the storm against which all others are measured. The storm, which began on March 11 and lasted for 72 hours, devastated the entire Northeast. The three days of howling winds, blinding snow, and Artic temperatures came without warning, burying the area in giant snowdrifts, knocking out telephone lines, paralyzing the Long Island Railroad, and leaving many people stranded in their homes or businesses. About 400 deaths in the Northeast were attributed to the storm, including many stranded pedestrians and commuters.

Long Island was hit hard with high winds and more than 40-50 inches of snow. Southold had “no communication by train, mail, or telegraph” for days: “Our streets are blocked by snow drifts varying from five to fifteen feet in height,” the Traveler reported on March 16, 1888. Main Street in Huntington was “filled up with 10 or 15 feet of snow,” recounts an eyewitness in Blizzard: The Great Storm of ’88 (1988).

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Visit: www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
To View 2014 Photo of the Week pages click here.
To View 2015 Photo of the Week pages click here.
To View 2016 Photo of the Week pages click here. 
To View 2017 Photo of the Week pages click here.

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