MT. SINAI - An old, abandoned ship has been restored to her former glory, and is being used to teach a new generation about the joys of sailing.

The Nada once belonged to British author Nigel Calder and his family, and eventually wound up rotting in a boat yard in Port Jefferson.

Computer technologist Roger Nokes and his son discovered the ship and decided the 47-foot vessel still had a bright future.

Nokes, his son, and his son's Boy Scouts troop are getting hands-on experience restoring the vessel and sailing her through Long Island Sound.

The 13.5-ton ship is usually moored at the Mt. Sinai Yacht Club.

"The whole point of doing this is to try to inspire young people and build their confidence and bring them on to better things," says Roger Nokes.