Hell Gate

A dangerous passage between Great Barn Island and Long Island, North America. The Dutch settlers of New York called it Hoellgat (whirling-gut) corrupted into Hell-gate. Flood Rock, its most dangerous reef, has been blown up by U.S. engineers.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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