About the Oyster Sloop Christeen
History and current mission of Christeen, North America's oldest oyster sloop
After surviving 16 major hurricanes, numerous nor'easters, two sinkings and severe neglect, Christeen was returned home to Oyster Bay in 1992. A dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the restoration of Christeen — working along side a full-time shipwright and raising more than $300,000. Christeen was completely restored and launched in 1999.
Christeen's new mission is to serve as a floating classroom. Her Coast Guard Certified Captains and experienced crew educate up to 24 passengers about maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, the oyster industry and aquaculture.
If you would like to have a hands-on, personal experience aboard Christeen, we offer Harbor Tours, Sunset Sails, Marine Education Sails, Bay Day and Oyster Festival Sails, and for a very special experience, you may book a Private Charter.