Celebrating the Evolution, and Craft, of Boat Building

Author: Steven McElroy [The New York Times]

In his plaintive 1989 song “The Downeaster Alexa,” Billy Joel gave voice to the plight of Long Island fishermen suffering after a ban on striped bass fishing that went into effect a few years earlier. The ban was one of the factors, along with increased regulation, overfishing and aggressive development on the Long Island coast, that helped cause the waning of the fishing industry, and in turn, a perhaps less obvious decline: that of the boat-building trade.

Nancy Solomon, who grew up across the street from a boatyard and has been studying maritime culture for almost 30 years, means to bring attention to the disappearing craft of boat building with the exhibition “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester,” to be presented at the Port Jefferson Village Center from July 1 through Sept. 2.

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