The Scooter Project is a joint
venture of the Post
Morrow Foundation, the South
Bay Scooter Club and the Long
Island Maritime Museum. The goal of this project
is to document the early history of ice sailing
and in particular the development of the Scooter
on the Great South Bay of Long Island.
An early objective of this project
is to preserve much of the unpublished information
on early ice boating through the use of taped
interviews with bayman, sailors, boat builders
and in general those individuals that recall the
early years of ice-boating.
In addition to the oral histories,
the project continues to perform extensive research
of the printed media using the Internet, local
and regional libraries and museums. Over 130 historic
articles describing the development of the Scooter,
some going back to the late 1890’s have
been digitized and are available to view as PDF
files. Additional examples of this research effort
is the reproduction of the original Hermus Scooter
plans, the preservation of original Scooter sail
plans from W. Mills Sail maker Greenport and through
the generosity of the Post Morrow Foundation the
digitalization of original Scooter photographic
plates from the H. B. Fullerton Collection. These
photographs may be viewed on the South Bay Scooter
Club web site. The development of this web site,
which was funded by the Scooter Project, brings
together both the historical and current activities
of Scooters and Scooter men.
Contributions to this project
can be made through the Post Morrow Foundation.
Please reference Scooter Project.