Islip, NY – An historical 1914 Sloop, the Eight Ball (Sail #8) is on display at Long Island MacArthur Airport’s glass atrium. The boat, built by Benjamin Hallock of Center Moriches, was provided courtesy of the Long Island Maritime Museum in an effort to educate residents and visitors about the history of Long Island boats and their craftsman.
The sixteen foot boat was crafted with white oak, cyprus and cedar. It holds an “SS” class name, presumed to stand for “Special Sloop,” though argued to stand for “South Shore” of Long Island. A total of 72 boats of this class were constructed by Hallock and to this day, the class is still raced on Moriches and Great South Bays.
“This is a unique and educational display that helps give the flying public a sense of our rich Long Island maritime history. We are proud to be working with the Long Island Maritime Museum and encourage both our Town residents and those visiting Long Island MacArthur Airport to stop by and see this beautiful exhibit,” said Councilman John Cochrane.
The Eight Ball is only one of many historical boats of Long Island. The Long Island Maritime Museum, located in West Sayville, is constructed of 14 acres and nine historic buildings and has been welcoming visitors for the past 40 years. They host numerous exhibitions and educational programs open to the public for a small admission fee. For more information about the Eight Ball or about the Long Island Maritime Museum, please visit their website at www.limaritime.org.