© Ida May Project 2015
~ Preserving Oyster Bay’s maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building projects ~
This   Construction   of   a   replica   of   the   Ida   May    oyster   harvesting   boat   is   the   second   project   of   the   Christeen   Corp    whose mission   is   to   preserve   Oyster   Bay’s   maritime   heritage   by   involving   the   community   in   traditional   boatbuilding.   The   keel was laid on December 9, 2011. THE   PAST:   The   original   Ida   May,   built   in   1925,    worked   on   the waters   of   Oyster   Bay   for   75   years   and   was   historically   significant because   she   was   one   of   the   first   oyster   dredges   to   be   powered   by   an engine as opposed to a sail. THE   PRESENT :    The   Project   is   also   unique   because   construction is   mostly   by   volunteers.   Under   the   direction   of   a   local   shipwright,   a core   group   of   engineers,   carpenters,   and   businessmen   are   making the   Project   a   priority   in   their   lives.      Most   are   retired   and   enjoy   the challenges   and   complexity   of   building   a   boat   by   hand.      They   also appreciate the camaraderie of working in a group to contribute to something worthwhile and enduring.  THE   FUTURE:    When   she   is   complete,   the   Ida   May will   take   the   public   out   on   Oyster   Bay   to   enjoy   and learn   about   its   ecology   and   maritime   history.   She   will be    managed    by    the    WaterFront    Center,    a    closely affiliated   non-profit   organization   that   connects   people   to the    water    by    providing    education    and    recreational programs and rentals.
The IDA MAY Project

THE NEW IDA MAY - Now Being Built

The 1925 IDA May Oyster Dredge in Oyster Bay NY Harbor  by William Jonas The NEW IDA May Under Contruction The IDA MAY Keel Being Set Inside Ceiling Completed as of October 2015 The Completed Skeleton - June 2013 Some of the Volunteers