The Dutch reported oysters 3 feet long, mosquitoes sized as small birds used for feeding cattle, like Florida Jack in the early ‘50’s.
In the Jersey Meadows, Jersey’s first canal above Berry Creek, about 10 feet wide with a large canoe sized barge for going to market.
Same fill and till as Seattle, Burlington.
Quiet ! you can hear the shoveling.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/nyregion/in-bronx-river-helping-oysters-stage-comeback.html