The .38 Special in her
slip at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina in
August of 1992
The .38 Special spent many a long night
moored off Execution Rock. The author and his
good friend and dive buddy Dave Orshowitz went
lobster diving at least three nights a week
during the summer of 1992. Elaine Pellegrin spent
many a lonely hour staring at the bubbles and
cradling a Beretta automatic.
"I have spent as many
nights in the proximity of this site of historic
atrocities and disaster as anyone aside from one
of the lighthouse keepers and I will make the
statement unashamedly that the place really
creeped me out. I do not believe in ghosts
though. I do believe that there is a certain
'memory' that is saved when a dramatic emotional
impact occurs and Execution Rock has saved quite
a few. These memories are a strong influence on
the psyche of those individuals attuned to such
DEEP END: The Wreck of the
Brad looked at me for a solid
minute, then shook his head as if to move on.
Why do they call that outcropping, sea
mount, whatever, Execution Rocks? Do you
Yeah, I can tell you a bit.
The stories are in most books about local
lighthouses. Ive looked through so me.
Also, most of the charter captains will tell you
a little tale about the place if youre
headed that way. Execution Rocks pops
up in various forms in various local dive yarns.
I dont know whether any of this stuff is
accurate, but Ive heard and read two
predominate stories. So who knows? I paused
and took a slug of coffee." One dive captain
from City Island tries to debunk the legends and
tells people on his charters that the
revolutionary war-era ship captains called it
Executioner's Rock because the rock
pile had claimed a large number of commercial
vessels. I cant imagine any lives lost
cause its not all that far from shore
and parked in such normally calm waters. This is
the story youll read in most
The most popular legend has
it that the British took colonials who
wouldnt tow the Crowns line, pay
their tea tax, whatever, and take them out there
at low tide and chain them up to rings
theyd installed on the rock well
below the high tide mark. Theyd chain the
colonials to the rock and either elicit
confessions or just let em drown. It must
have been a great deterrent to civil unrest for
the colonists to think they could be killed in
such a slow and horrible manner.
A lighthouse was built in
the early 1800s and manned continuously.
The US Lighthouse Service automated the
light in the late seventies, so there are no
longer any lighthouse keepers on duty. The whole
area is off-limits, you cant land there.
The place is fairly desolateexcept for
fishermen. Ive heard it said at the marina
that the place is haunted. But thats a pile
of crap, Ive been out there at night, and
Im probably the most easily spooked and
superstitious person youll ever meet.
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Harry Pellegrin at Snug
Harbor, Rhode Island August 26, 1991.
On the .38 Special, Summer 1992
The Ghosts of
Hellgate is an interesting
look at the Execution Rock legend and makes for
Lighthouses offers more
information and images of this historic location
plus pages of information on other Long Island
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Original Music by Harry G. Pellegrin:
Reflecting Pools is a departure for me
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"...Reflecting Pools is a notable first album [for
Mr. Pellegrin]. A dramatic sense of tonality and mood are
propelled by exemplary musicianship and exciting compositional
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other (nudge, nudge, know what I mean?)
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