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These are copies of a few newspaper articles about Hog Creek submitted by Estelle Witkowski from a scrapbook about Frank Frerichs. Frank was the President of the Chamber of Commerce for years. The articles are dated around 1933 and 1934. The real Culebra Cut can be seen at http://www.czimages.com/CZMemories/Photos/CulCut.htm

Gerritsen Diggers Cut Hog Creek Free

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CULEBRA CUT?--This canal isn't quite up to the proportions of Panama, but residents of Gerrittsen Beach, who made it themselves, are mighty proud of it. It opens Hog Creek to Sheepshead Bay. (Contemporary Daily News photo)

Armed With Permits This Time, Residents Make Channel for Stagnant Water

Residents of Gerrittsen Beach, halted by police last Sunday when they attempted to demolish a roadway leading from their community to Plumb Island in Sheepshead Bay, had better luck yesterday. Impeded by the cold, but aided by a rising tide and permits from the Dock, Park and Police Departments, they came back to their task of cutting through the roadway to furnish an outlet for stagnant Shellbank Creek and "holed through" after about six hours of digging.

The roadway blocked Hog Creek, and made the waters of the latter a health menace, Frank C. Frerichs, president of the Gerrittsen Beach Chamber of Commerce, explained last Sunday. He organized the people of Gerrittsen Beach into a digging party after the city had failed to cut an outlet.

More than 200 men and about 25 women, a smaller number than last week, gathered at the roadway between 9:30 and 10 A.M. yesterday. Two policemen were on hand but took no action because of the permits. Aided by eight teams drawing scrapers the residents set to work. Between 3:30 and 4 P.M. the excavation reached a point where a rising tide covered its bottom with from three to four feet of water.

A temporary bridge, erected over the cut to permit residents of Plumb Island to reach their homes, will be replaced with a permanent structure later, Mr. Frerichs said. The excavation will continue until a channel six feet deep at low tide has been cleared.