Weeks Historic Boat Yard Tour, November 10, 2018
Weeks Boat yard has been in business since 1898 !
A wonderful event well attended, THANK YOU Kevin Weeks !
One of the oldest, Historical buildings on the property.
An original Weeks built skiff as viewed from the machine shop window.
Kevin (center) explaining about the machine shop and single belt driven equipment.
Main railway through building utilized to move large boats the traditional way.
Sliding jig on railway aides in moving boats to side work areas. Traditional system is simple & works extremely well !
Saving an old woodie with traditional, quality craftsmanship!
Wood ribs need to be steamed for proper bending & Kevin shows us the steam box to complete that task !
Informal Buffet catered dinner in the shop was enjoyed by all
Thank you to ALL who helped to make this great event possible !
A sunny, windy day accompanied this event at the Bay Shore Marina parking area, and a fun time was had by all !
Setting up the club tent and members display of Antique engines !
A beautiful, rare Higgins boat !
1966 Century Resorter, Miss Moxie
Long Island born & raised. Eltro boats were primarily used on the Great South Bay serving as water taxis for Fire Island.
Watch out for the sharks on land !
Officers and members talking with Congressman Peter King; maybe they are attempting to get him to join ACBS !
1948 Chris Craft Sportsman and Eltro, “Stormy C”
Congressman Peter King with The Wiseman from 103.1 Max FM
Boat related rides for any age !
Always lending a helping hand !!! Thank you !!!
The Long Island Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society were featured guests at the Long Island Maritime Museum 27th Annual Seafood Festival held on the beautiful sunny weekend of August 25-26, 2018. Boats arrived by land & sea! More to come……
Long Island Chapter ACBS Dinner Meeting July 14, 2018
The Long Island Chapter of the ACBS held a successful and most enjoyable outside dinner meeting at 6PM on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, NY. Initially there was to be a raft-up on the Connetquot River, then dinner at a local restaurant, unfortunately, the winds of fate shifted and both those events sank! Boaters always have to be prepared for changes and obstacles, so we found a new venue (our thanks to Terry Blitman, Director if the LI Maritime Museum, for her help and suggestions), brought in an excellent caterer and had a marvelous time at the Museum.
The winds were steady at 18-20 mph that evening, and the white caps on the Great South Bay were unrelenting. Due to the shallow entrance to the marina area at the museum, only smaller boats can navigate in & out. Robert & Chris Almond braved the wind & waves and piloted Chris’ 17 foot, 1968 Eltro runabout from Babylon to West Sayville for the event. They arrived in time for the dinner, salt-soaked! At least they were able to cool off after a hot summer’s day! A total of 16 members attended the event and it was a great evening of camaraderie, food & marveling about the bravery & skills of the Almond men to navigate the Eltro to the event. There was even a unique purse fashioned in the design of an old boat, brought by Jan Lowry.
A great evening was enjoyed by all thanks to the hard work and planning of the ACBS Officers. We extend our thanks to everyone else who helped to make this event a success!
Some more Photo’s of the event!
Respectfully submitted by Jan Lowry, Vice President & Laura Almond, Secretary, Long Island Chapter ACBS
Previous event at the Maritime Museum in Honor of Priscilla’s Birthday….more information below…….
Priscilla’s “Berth-day” Party May 5, 2018 Long Island Maritime Museum, Sayville, NY
Guests to this special “Berth-day” celebration are the Long Island Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Society !
Who is Priscilla ?????
On Saturday, April 7, 1888, Elisha Saxton launched his brand-new working sloop Priscilla into the Patchogue River. Saxton had built Priscilla for George Rhinehart of Lawrence, New York, who named the boat after his wife Priscilla. From 1888 to 1963, Priscilla was owned and operated by several oystermen from Connecticut and New York. During these many years, she experienced many changes. The oystermen spoke of “Pris” as a fast, able, “smart” boat and a “money maker” because, unlike other boats, she could dredge as well in light and heavy winds.
By 1963, the oyster beds were completely exhausted or covered with silt from storms and hurricanes of the previous decades. Priscilla was one of the last working sailboats to dredge the oyster beds north of the Chesapeake Bay.
From 1963 to 1976, Priscilla became a cruising sailboat, after much hull and interior restoration. Her owner John Woodside sailed Priscilla several times to the Bahamas and to Maine. In the early 1970’s, he schooner rigged her, copying the sail plan of the famous schooner America.
In 1976, John Woodside donated her to the Suffolk Marine Museum, which is known today as The Long Island Maritime Museum. As the largest vessel in our small craft collection, Priscilla has served as an effective goodwill ambassador. Since coming to the museum Priscilla has traveled the Great South Bay visiting various ports of call, and has participated in special regattas held for classic vessels. In 1986, she participated in the Parade of Tall Ships at the Salute to the Statute of Liberty Fourth of July Celebration in New York Harbor receiving featured television coverage by WABC-TV.
The restoration of the sixty-foot, 1888 oyster dredge Priscilla began in 2002 and was the largest restoration project to date at the Long Island Maritime Museum. Priscilla has been returned to her original design, a gaff-rig sloop. This vessel is the oldest and only sailing workboat to survive from the Great South Bay oyster fleet. Her hull is traditionally built in wood, which had been fiber-glassed over during a restoration in the late 1960s when she also was given a schooner rig.
Her dimensions are 60 feet in length overall, 40 feet on deck, with a 14 foot beam, and 4 foot 3 inch draft. In 2006 Priscilla was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
This was the first official gathering for the Long Island Chapter ACBS. We just had a few boats, and members assisted the Museum staff with helping children assemble boats from kits which were made at the Museum shop. There were Pirates, Cannons going off and a large sheet cake for the star of the party, Priscilla which was enjoyed by all ! Hope to see you at the next event !