: April 2011

Founder's Day at the Tuckerton Seaport-New Exhibits in 2011!

Founder's Day at the Tuckerton Seaport-New Exhibits Open May 1st!

If you're not shopping for a new home in Little Egg Harbor or Tuckerton this weekend, why not visit the Tuckerton Seaport Founder's Day & Open House!

The Seaport on Sunday, May 1st holds an Open House to highlight its new exhibits for 2011.

One of the big exhibits at the Tuckerton Seaport is the display celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Barnegat Bay Sneakbox. The first Sneakbox boat is generally thought to have been built in 1836 by Captain Hazelton Seaman of West Creek.  The Captain was not only a boat builder, but an expert water foul hunter. 

Tuckerton SeaportThe Barnegat Bay Sneakbox was conceived as a low profile boat, designed to travel over the water not through it.  It's able float and maneuver in shallow water, and able to handle whatever weather New Jersey can throw at it.  There are now two styles of Sneakbox boats; the original which serves as a floating duck blind when covered with sedge or marsh grass and the racing Sneakbox.

If you'd like to see some Barnegat Bay Sneakbox boats, they'll have 50 on display at the Tuckerton Seaport beginning May 1st.

And if you'd like more on the Barnegat Bay Sneakbox Boat, I think the best historical account was written by Nathaniel H. Bishop in 1839.  It's called 'Four Months in a Sneak-Box' and is a free read on line.  

A portion of  the Introduction in 1839's 'Four Months in a Sneak-Box'...

"...the author procured one of the smallest and most comfortable of boats--a purely American model, developed by the bay-men of the New Jersey coast of the United States, and recently introduced to the gunning fraternity as the BARNEGAT SNEAK-BOX. This curious and stanch little craft, though only twelve feet in length, proved a most comfortable and serviceable home while the author rowed in it more than 2600 miles down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, until he reached the goal of his voyage--the mouth of the wild Suwanee River..."

Tuckerton Seaport

Founder's Day at the Tuckerton Seaport-New Exhibits Open May 1st!

If you're planning to shop for a new home before heading to the Tuckerton Seaport, call Little Egg Harbor REALTOR® Laura Giannotta 609-384-6121.



 

 
 
 
  

     
Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • April 29 2011 06:30AM
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