Stony Creek to Thimble Islands Topo Map

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The Thimble Islands are a picturesque spot on the Connecticut coast. It’s as though the pink-granite-ringed islands of the Maine coast migrated south just off the quiet town of Stony Creek. On the marine chart, a rough count yields about 20 Thimbles lying just offshore pointing southwest, but in fact there are 365, of which 32 are habitable, according to Duncan and Ware. All of those have summer houses, most without heating, electricity, or running water. Some islands have just one house, while others make up clubby communities with special island associations. Commercial launches run between the islands during summer, transporting people, pets, and groceries. The Stony Creek Indians named the islands for the thimbleberry, a lesser cousin of the gooseberry. The largest island is Horse (17 acres) and the smallest is Dogfish (0.75 acre). Captain Kidd is said to have had a lookout on High Island and buried treasure on Money Island. All the islands are private, so landing is not possible.
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