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Freeport in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boat Builders of Freeport

 
 
Boat Builders of Freeport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
1. Boat Builders of Freeport Marker
Inscription.  Boat builders have a long and colorful history in Freeport, beginning with the modest skiffs and dories used by baymen and fishermen, military craft used in World Wars I & II, followed by recreational fishing boats. With fewer fishermen and new orms o water transport, the local boat building Industry has declined In our region. Yet Freeport has a proud legacy of master boat builders stretching back generations.

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Fred Scopinich joined the Army during World War II. The day after he returned, his father told him, "I have a sailboat to build so you start tomorrow morning."

Fred Scopinich was born in 1927, the 3rd generation of a family of Freeport boat builders. They built fishermen's garveys and military boats during the two world wars and rum runners and Coast Guard boats in between.

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John Remsen of Freeport was a garvey builder, a traditional flat bottom boat used by baymen and recreational fishermen in the shallow south shore waters of Nassau and Suffolk County.

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"My love affair with boats began at the age of twelve. I used to work weekends fishing on the old wooden Verity skiffs. We'd come into an inlet at night when it was all whitewater - there weren't jetties then - and these boats would go right through the breakers just like ducks.” ~ Al Grover, Verity Skiff Builder

Al Grover began building

Marker inset: Construction of Freeport Point Boatyard image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of Fred Scopinich, Jr., circa 1939
2. Marker inset: Construction of Freeport Point Boatyard
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Verity skiffs as a young man. In 1985 Al broke the Guinness book of World Records for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an outboard motor boat.

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The Maresca family built and repaired wooden boats in the 1930s, catering to commercial and sportfishermen, and celebrities such as Guy Lombardo. The boat yard was located at 202 Woodcleft Avenue, where it operated until the late 1970s.
 
Erected by Long Island Traditions.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1985.
 
Location. 40° 37.92′ N, 73° 34.894′ W. Marker is in Freeport, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Woodcleft Avenue south of Suffolk Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 281 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport NY 11520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freeport Legends (within shouting distance of this marker); Guy Lombardo's House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Al Grover's Spirit of Freeport (about 800 feet away); Freeport's Nautical Mile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodcleft Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Shipwrecks and the Life Saving Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freeport Point Shipyard (approx. Ό mile away); "The LIGHTS Club" (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Freeport.

 
Marker inset: The Scopinich crew in an all aluminum lifeboat.... image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of Fred Scopinich, 1941
3. Marker inset: The Scopinich crew in an all aluminum lifeboat....
in 1941 built for United Fruit Company. The crew included Jim Gray, Budge Southard, Alfred Scopinich, Wally Travis and Tony Morin.
Marker inset: The Maresca Boatyard c. 1950 on Woodcleft Canal.... image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of Jerry Maresca, circa 1950
4. Marker inset: The Maresca Boatyard c. 1950 on Woodcleft Canal....
In 1968 a new building was constructed at 202 Woodcleft Avenue to work on boats year round.
BoatBoat Builders of Freeport Marker - wide view, looking south on Woodcleft Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
5. BoatBoat Builders of Freeport Marker - wide view, looking south on Woodcleft Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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Jul. 3, 2022