How do you pronounce Spuyten Duyvil?!?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That must look like a very weird question to folks who aren't familiar with this often used location for classic New York Central photos, most notably NYC T-motors gliding through that great rock cut. The thing is, I have a number of books with pics of the NYC at Spuyten Duyvil but I have no idea how to pronounce it! I'm assuming its an old Dutch name from before the British took over NY as a colony. Anyone know and able to spell it phonentically? :)
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Ralph it's pronounced just like it's spelled! :p :rolleyes: :D
  3. Muddy Creek

    Muddy Creek Member

    SPY-ten DIE-vul

    It's one of the many names in the NY City area left behind by the Dutch.

  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    For some really neat pics and history of New York, including trains ( :D ), visit:

  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thank you Tuysun Ruyles! :)

    Actually, thanks Wayne for the pronounciation. It bugged me not to be able to talk about those great photos taken at .........

  6. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Looks like "Spittin' Devil" to me! :D :D :D

  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

  8. Muddy Creek

    Muddy Creek Member

    The folktale I've heard about the name was that when the English were on their way to attack the Dutch at NY, Peter Stuyvesant sent his friend Anthony as a trumpeter up along the river to warn settlers, sort of an earlier Paul Revere. When he reached the rain swollen creek now known as Spuyten Duyvil Creek, he couldn't locate the ferry operator, so decided to risk swimming across "in spite of the devil" to carry on his mission.

    The tale goes on to say the devil actually caught him by the leg in the middle of the creek & wouldn't let go until Anthony blew his trumpet louder than the wind, but he was unable to make it to shore & drowned. Legend has it that for years people would claim to hear Anthony's trumpet on dark & stormy nights.

    He was key to another local name. Anthony's Nose, a small mountain along the Hudson River near Peekskill & the Bear Mountian Bridge.

  9. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Having lived in NY, I heard it interpreted both ways 'in spite of the devil' & ' spitting devil'.

    I ran many a train by that location and I can tell you it lives up to it's name, when the tides change you can watch it go from calm to a torrential nightmare with swift currents, eddys and waves. Many people have drowned there, because of this swift change that happens.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Wayne and Brian, thanks for the interesting background info! I lived too far upstate to hear these stories. :)
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Well Ralph, I must say, that's pretty funny - I was just kidding and said the first thing that popped into my head!! :D

    Interesting story as well, Wayne.

  12. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Interesting Wayne

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