The Ida May Project
The Ida May Project is aimed at constructing a replica of the historic oyster harvesting boat by that name. This 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 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 Ida May Project is staffed mostly by volunteers. A core group of engineers, carpenters, and businessmen wworking under the direction of a local shipwright, are enjoying 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.
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.