On October 3rd students from the Middle School and High School members of the Marine Science Club had the opportunity to sail the "Christeen". The Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historic Landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for the purpose of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. Over her 125 years, the Christeen served not only as an oyster dredge but also as a cargo carrier and live-aboard between Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. In 1992 a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the restoration of the Christeen. The Christeen's new mission is to serve as a floating classroom, educating students about maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, the oyster industry and aquaculture. Mr. Carroll entertained the group with local folklore and fishing strategies. The students assisted in raising and lowering the sails, they handled several local marine species and collected live specimen's for Mr. Portuese's classroom tank

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