Ken Karl and Joe and Jack Kochiss discussed the discovery of an 1840 oystering barge from the Eastside River fishing docks in New York City to the Fair Haven section of New Haven on Sunday on WPKN radio.
After decades of attempts the oystering barge is about to be moved to a marine museum and restored for its significance. “We are about to save a 125-year working boat from the late 19th century located by chance right here in Connecticut, unbeknownst to most of us, “Ms. Curtis said. “Also we are trying to fulfill a lifetime dream of Jack Kochiss and that alone makes this of much importance.”
Joe and Jack Kochiss are Trumbull residents. Jack worked at Mystic Seaport for 25 years. He became an expert in commercial wooden boats in those many years while he was employed and writing publications and books on working wooden boats. Much of his writings are sought after, out of print and considered the “classics” on these working boats.
“Every one of us is needed to save this barge. Ken Karl, an experienced preservationist is in charge, and he can tell you how each of us can help if you fancy history and preservation , are seafaring types or just mildly interested. We have an opportunity to salvage a piece of history together and not let another piece of America get ruined,” said the show’s host Dolly Curtis.