Much of Massapequa enjoys the many benefits of shore access. The community has its share of shipwrights and potential shipwrights. And for anyone interested in learning these traditional skills, there is a great place to do it, just about 17 miles away on the Oyster Bay waterfront.
Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.
Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects encompassed by the work.
The men are there on West End Avenue, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., working on the boat. They encourage curious visitors as much as they welcome workers and donors. [Read more...]