WATERWAYS: BAY & BOATS

 

Summer Recreation

 

 

Suffolk County News, July 28, 1911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing, always popular on the Great South Bay;

postmarked December 14, 1905

 

 

 

Sunset on the Great South Bay;

postmarked July 28, 1907

 

 

 

Sailboats off Candee Avenue , Shoreham & South Bay House; postmarked August 16, 1912

 

 

 

Boats laying off of Cedarshore, 1928;

before WWII, sailboats were dominant in area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruising for the day or - by the 1920s & 1930s - for perhaps as long as a week were popular

 

 

 

The Skol belonged to G.Elliott Morrison, owner & manager of the Cedarshore; it slept four comfortably

 

 

 

Power boats at the Fore 'n Aft;  1950s;

 former home of the Sayville Yacht Club, right

 

 

 

 

There were power boats of all sizes,
 yachts up to 100 feet long

 

 

 

In season, duck shooting from boats or

blinds  was enjoyed by some

 

 

Images:Rows 1, 2,3 right, 4 left, and 5 all from collection of  Sayville Library;3 left from Dowling College Special Library Collection; 4 right courtesy of Frank McAlonan

 

 

 

 

Fishing from boat or piers was also a favored sport,

if not a business

 

 

 

Large sailboat racing had been popular with the

Southside /Sayville Yacht Club for many years

 

 

 

The advent of the Wet Pants in 1935 expanded

racing to smaller, mixed varieties of crafts

 

 

 

Above, a regatta of the Wet Pants own Diaper Class

(18' 7" overall) in the 1940s.

 

 

 

G.A. Morrison canoeing off Frank Jones Estate, 1927

 

 

 

 

Some boats could be launched at foot of Handsome Avenue ( & other streets), 1920s & 1930s

 

 

Images:top row left from Treasures of 1927, Bay Shore Library; top right and middle left, from Todd Travis: Sayville's Wet Pants Association 1934-1940; middle right & bottom roe, collection of Sayville Library

 

 

 

 

Sayville bathing costumes, 1908

 

   

 

Nets at Cedarshore Club protected the beach from seaweed and bathers from jellyfish; about 1918

 

 

 

Sykes Beach, about 1925

 

 

 

Early waterskiing off Sayville in the 1930s

 

 

 

Cedarshore guests could take sightseeing tours over the Bay from end of Handsome Avenue, 1930

 

 

 

Takeoff  for the tour; bathhouse on neighboring Jones estate in background (above tail)

 

 

 

Images: All from collection of Sayville Library except middle left, courtesy of Tony Brinkmann

 

 

 

Ferries

 

 

 

Stein's first , Mildred H., 1894

 

 

 

Stein's converted (motorized) sloop, Dare, 1921

(Note "Ferry" sign on top)

 

 

 

Competition leaving Candee Avenue pier,

July 1934

 

 

 

Stein's Wayfarer II, 1938

 

 

 

South Bay Clipper, capacity 412 passengers, August 1996

 


Images: Top row, courtesy of Long Island Maritime Museum;middle row left, courtesy of West Sayville Boat Basin;
right, courtesy of Stein Family Archives; bottom row, Suffolk County News

 

 

 

Oystering and Fishing

 

 

 

An oyster fleet, about 1900

 

 

 

"Chumming" (scattering bait on water) &
clamming on Bay, undated

 

 

 

Hauling the dredge in

 

 

 

A good spot for tonging

 

 

 

Returning to port

 

 

 

Fishing boats; Bluepoints Company  in the background

 

 

 

Hydraulic escalator oyster dredge

(dredges were outlawed by TOI in 1958)

 

 

 

Great whale shark (largest fish in sea) caught by Arie Schaper off Fire Island, August 9, 1935

 

 

Images: Top row left & 3rd row right, collection of Sayville Library; all other in rows 1-3 courtesy of West Sayville Boat Basin;
bottom row, left, courtesy of Tony Brinkmann; bottom row right, courtesy of West Sayville Boat Basin

 

 

Winter Recreation

 

 

 

Shoreham, South Bay House & snow, foot of Candee Avenue; postmarked March 18, 1908

 

 

 

Dorothy & Jeanett Morrison skating on

Cedarshore ice, late 1920s 

 

 

 

Scooter race on the Bay, October 1, 1906

 

 

 

Scootering off Cedarshore

 

 

 

Scooter Regatta off Sayville;

postmarked February 2, 1912

 

 

 

1971

 

 

Images: All from collection of Sayville Library except last, courtesy off Chris Bodkin

 

Oystering and Fishing

 

 

 

Cutting ice for the fishing area, early 1900s

 

 

 

Oystering with dredge, early 1900s

 

 

 

Oystering with tongs, early 1900s

 

 

 

Bluepoints in winter

 

 

Images: Top row left, courtesy of Tony Brinkmann; all others courtesy of West Sayville Boat Basin

 

 

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