WLIW.org recently posted an article about “A World Within a World: Bay Houses of Long Island,” which will be airing on WLIW21 on October 15th at 8pm. The article includes a gallery of photos of bay houses. Read the article here!

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Photo: Kenny Swaine

Kenny Swaine: Clamshell artist Kenny Swaine is the 3rd-generation owner of a bait and tackle shop in St. James. Like his father and grandfather, Swaine catches killies and other baitfish that he sells to recreational fishermen, who use the bait to catch striped bass, bluefish and flounder. In 1990 Kenny began making fish and lighthouse […]

Fishermen and baymen, duck hunters and decoy carvers, clamshell artists and lifeguards are just some of the tradition bearers featured here. Through oral histories, Long Island Traditions has documented dozens of those committed to preserving a life on the water. Most are participants in our maritime education programs or festivals and museum programs. If you […]

Photo: Lowell Ockers

Edward (Lowell) Ockers: Poundtrap fisherman Lowell was born in West Sayville and has lived in the area his entire life. Lowell started working full time in the bay after returning from the Navy in 1957. He started fishing and catching eels with traps purchased from his father, who was also a bayman. Lowell, who enjoyed […]

Building Address: 727 Middle Road Section / Block / Lot: Surveyor’s Name: Jackie Peu-Duvallon Survey Date:  May 2004 Building Type: Barn Owner’s Name: Building Name: N/A Date of Construction: ca. 1890 Architect: N/A Building Dimensions: No. of Floors: 2 Decorative Features: None Siding Material(s): Wood board, wood shingle Roof Style: Gable, shed Roofing Material(s): Asphalt shingle Foundation: Unknown Window Style(s): 2/1 original fixed, 6- and 9-paned original fixed No. […]

Pete Wenczel: Fisherman and Bayman Born in New York City, and raised in suburban New Jersey, Pete spent his childhood summers in Southold, where he first learned to swim, sail, fish, and clam. By the time he was a young man, he knew that he wanted to make his living off the water. As he […]

Chuck Tekula: Bayman and Fisherman Chuck Tekula is a commercial fisherman from Center Moriches. College educated at Empire State College in New York, Chuck frequently writes about the lives of commercial fishermen, the regulations, and policies that affect them, and what has led to the decline of Great South Bay. He was one of the […]

There are countless stories and tales told by baymen, bay rats, bay house owners, fishermen and other tradition bearers for both entertainment and to educate friends and neighbors about life on the water. While some stories are humorous, others reflect an appreciation of the bay and the ocean. We hope you enjoy listening to some […]

Photo: Baywoman Flo Sharkey

Among Dwindling Baymen, a Baywoman Holds On – Flo Sharkey, 72, of Patchogue on the south shore of Long Island, has been clamming since she could walk and still makes her living on the bay, even as that way of live has all but faded.