Area nautical museums preserve our rich maritime history. Here is a listing of places well worth a visit to get a taste of craft of yesteryear.
A unique variety of vessels have navigated the waters of Barnegat Bay and you can see examples ate the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum, founded in 1976. A Cat, melon seed, sea skiff, garveys and pram designs are on display.
Museum schedule is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check www.tomsriverseaport.org.
Lovers of New Jersey traditional craft will find a treasure at the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum on Tuckerton Creek. The museum boasts the largest collection of sneakboxes, numbering about 60, including one dating to 1909.
Garveys, another traditional type of craft, are on display, and the museum offers a family boat building weekend in which participants construct actual boats.
Besides boat exhibits, decoy carving and other crafts are practiced at the museum.
Slips are available for daytime visiting boaters, but watch for shallow water, said spokesperson Jackie Wood.
The museum is at 120 W. Main Street. Phone is 609-296-8868. Check www.tuckertonseaport.org.
Not a museum, as such, but the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is an active organization working to promote the maritime heritage of Monmouth County. Programs include community boat building, on-water activities for youngsters, and various presentations. Meetings are held in the Red Bank area.