Cuttyhunk is the last island in the chain, and much of the island is publicly accessible.
Holes with strong tidal currents (up to 6 knots) separate the islands from each other and the mainland. The currents are driven by the different sizes and filling rates of Vineyard Sound to the southeast and Buzzard's Bay to the northwest. At high tide, water flows from Buzzards Bay to the Vineyard Sound. Near mid-tide the water stops and reverses, filling the Bay at low tide.
The Queen ElizabethIslands, NWT/Nunavut, are a group of islands in the Canadian ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO lying north of a great bathometric trench composed of (east to west) LANCASTER SOUND, Barrow Strait, Viscount Melville Sound and M'Clure Strait.
The islands are further grouped as the PARRY ISLANDS (Prince Patrick, Melville, Mackenzie King, Borden, Bathurst and Lougheed) and the SVERDRUP ISLANDS (Ellef Ringnes, Amund Ringnes, Axel Heiberg, Cornwall and Meighen).
The occupation of the Queen ElizabethIslands by the Inuit is fairly recent.
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