Wooden boats connect us to our roots and their craftsmanship should never be lost. The Bayles Boat Shop, a beautiful post and beam construction created by volunteers working together since 2006, is dedicated to ensuring that Port Jefferson’s rich maritime boat building heritage will be kept alive through active small-boat building and restoration projects.
We are very excited about our current Whaleboat 1776 – Project. In preparation of America’s 250th Anniversary in 2026, the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson and the Bayles Boat Shop have entered into an agreement to build a replica of the whaleboat type that was used in the Long Island Sound during the Revolutionary War.
As history as recorded, Caleb Brewster a native of Setauket, Long Island, played a significant role in winning America’s War of independence. He was an intelligence gatherer, artillery officer, spy letter courier, privateer, and commanding whaleboats against the British.
Also, following the successful launch in 2018 of our Student and Youth Boat Building Program we are now looking in the future to start other potential Community Heritage Programming projects such as shop apprenticeships and Family Boat Building programs. Come Join us!
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