A ball bearing patent was also issued for an inventor in Bellport just after the Civil War, a small monument there just off the sidewalk in a backyard where it was designed. Nearby was the successful marketer of dry instant coffee, a Brazilian named George Washington, whose brand was challenged in Federal court and later marketed as "G. Washington". His small estate was in use by an alternative elementary school to which I was asked to help with an archaeology class. It had also once been a sleep-away camp, "Camp Rockaway" but that was in ruins and the Catholic order of Marists owned the circa 1880's manse which they used two weeks out of the year. The kids found an 1880s date carved in the top of a wooden door frame moulding upstairs.
When salvors hired to remove an earlier wreck in the inlet, and did so, they liked the area, named it "Belle Port" or "good port" today‘s Bellport, NY and settled it, according to a real estate agent online. The closing of "Old Inlet" has caused an increasing deposit of sediments around the area, and there is some worry about the depth which used to move to elsewhere, piling up in the eastern end of the Great South Bay.