Kids Contribute To Ida May Project


The WaterFront Center’s annual family event, Bay Day, Sunday, June 3 was a great day for the Ida May Project. There was a steady stream of visitors, many of them families, dropping by to see how the work was progressing on the oyster harvester Ida May. The volunteer ship builders are currently working on the inside of the boat and on the deck areas.

On the Beekman Beach festival grounds, at the IMP Booth, children were using a wooden mallet to pound square pegs into a round hole to create the wooden tree nails (trunnels), that will be used to fasten on the boat’s outer wooden planking.

The “Whack-A-Trunnel” machine was created by board member George Lindsay. Several of the young workers dropped off their completed trunnels in Building J, available for use on the boat. Lindsay kept busy supplying trunnel blanks for the children.

The IMP is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer workers are always needed and welcome. For information see them on

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