© Ida May Project 2017
~ Community Involvement in Traditional Boat Building Projects Preserving Oyster Bay’s  Maritime Heritage ~
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.  It    also    takes    significant    financial    resources,    and    so    The    Ida    May Project   would   like   to   thank   all   those   Businesses   and   Organizations   that   have   donated   their   cash,   goods,   services   or   discounts   to   this Project. 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 Inside Ceiling Completed as of October 2015 Some of the Volunteers The 1925 IDA MAY Oyster Dredge in Oyster Bay NY Harbor  by William Jonas The Ida May Under Construction - November 2016
THE NEW IDA MAY - Now Under Construction