Nobody Was Ever Executed on Execution Rocks
It’s rumored that the rocks and lighthouse were named for a brutal Colonial-era custom.
“If you did something wrong, the British authorities would tie you out on the rocks and the tide would come up and drown you,” said Jim Lynch of the City Island Yacht Club.
But another fellow quoted in the story hinted at the truth:
A 150-year old lighthouse presides over the rocks where the barge ran aground. At low tide, the rocks jut 300 yards east of the lighthouse and are well marked.
“There’s a reason why those rocks are called Execution Rocks,” said Bill Stanton, City Island Civic Association president.
They're called Execution Rocks because they took down so many boats. Even though i's a better story, nobody was ever executed by being chained to them and left to drown in the incoming tide.
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