Captain Dave and 'Laddie' Martin, GIRALDA, Brooklyn, NY – 1938
Captain Dave Martin Sr. with his son Dave 'Laddie' Martin Jr. aboard the "GIRALDA" at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1938. 'Laddie' would later go on to earn his Captain's license and follow in the family tradition as a Sheepshead Bay boatman. (He operated the "COMANCHE II" and later the "ROCKET" and "ROCKET II".) During World War II, Captain Dave Sr. and his "GIRALDA" served the US Government by transporting desperately needed natural rubber from the Amazon River in Brazil to the United States coast. Captain Dave Sr. retired from party boat fishing in 1950 and became the head engineer for the Circle Line sightseeing fleet in New York City and then became a citrus farmer in Florida. Photo Courtesy of Bryant Martin.