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Needless to say, with the need for shallow running, the prop was protected by an iron rudder skeg. Even with this protec-tion, we know the prop was replaced several times during the past hundred years. It was even replaced for an iron wheel during a drive for copper during World War II, when she had already surpassed her anticipated 30-year service life.

Life on Oyster Bay is slow and measured by the ice melt and the bluefish shoals, the migrant geese, and the colors of the autumn foliage. For an oyster boat, as long as there is liquid

water there is work to be done. She will be hauled for a scrub down and maintenance to coincide with the arrival the ice sheets in early January. A re-caulk and paint on th topsides might be a five year treat.

And so, under the ownership of the Frank M. Flowers Co.,

May fished her years, landed countless tons and millions shellfish, and day by day, season by season, and year by year without anyone noticing she plodded her way from t past to become a “Vessel Of Historical Significance”.

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