Distant Waters

Vintage Photos of Party Fishing Boats hailing from Massachusetts to Florida
CAPT. BUNTING, Ocean City, MD – 1962  The "CAPT. BUNTING" was built in 1959 and was one of the earlier party boats built by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   Captain Talbot Bunting owned and operated the "CAPT. BUNTING" and specialized in bottom fishing.   (Captain Talbot is the uncle of Captain Ed Bunting of the Atlantic Highlands, NJ based "SEA HORSE".)   The "CAPT. BUNTING" was dropped from documentation in 2010 and her fate is unknown.  MIJOY, Waterford, CT – 1966  The "MIJOY" from Waterford, CT was built in 1964 by A.C. Boat & Engine Works at Atlantic City, NJ and first sailed as the "CAPT. DEEBOLD".   She then became the "MIJOY", and then sailed as the "CHOPPER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   After that, she sailed as the "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ and then as the "LADY SHERYLL" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She is presently sailing from Sheepshead Bay as Captains Tony Santella and Ryan Smith's "MARILYN JEAN II".  SEA KING, Hyannis, MA – 1970  The "SEA KING" was built in 1957 at Plymouth, MA and was owned and operated by Captain Adolphe Richards.   Besides operating the "SEA KING", Captain Richards was also recognized as being one of the founding fathers of the Hyannis Yacht Club.   The "SEA KING" was later sold to Hyannis Harbor tours and operated as their original deep sea fishing vessel until the mid-1980s when she was then sold to a private owner.   She has since been removed from documentation and her fate is unknown.  SEA ROBIN II, Virginia Beach, VA – 1970  The "SEA ROBIN II" sailed from Virginia Beach, VA and was owned by Captain Milton Paul.   She was built in 1970 by Outer Banks Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   She later sailed as the "SEA SPORT" also from Virginia Beach and later as the "CAPT. HOOK".   She is presently sailing from Perth Amboy, NJ as Captain Mike Russo's "SEA HAWK".  B-LOVE III, Lantana, FL – 1971  The "B-LOVE III" was built in 1971 at Stuart, FL.   She has since been remodeled and is currently sailing as Captain Greg Nardiello's "OCEAN EAGLE V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. 
SOUTH WIND, Murrells inlet, SC – 1971  The "SOUTH WIND" from Murrells inlet, SC circa 1971.   She was built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "BLUE HERON" from Riviera Beach, FL.   In 1974, she relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ where she sailed as the "HAPPY".   In 1995, she made her way to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Greg Nardiello's "OCEAN EAGLE II".   She is currently sailing from Hampton, VA as the "OCEAN EAGLE".  BLUE HERON, Port Isabel TX – 1972  The "BLUE HERON" was built for Captain Harry Nagel in 1970 by Machine & Supply Company as the "BLUE HERON III".   She was later renamed the "BLUE HERON" and in 1975, was sold and relocated to San Francisco, CA as the "NEW HOLIDAY".   She is currently sailing from Hayward, CA as a privately owned vessel "LUKE 5:3".  BUDDY'S PIRATE, Wilmington, NC – 1972  "BUDDY'S PIRATE" sailed from Wilmington, NC and was built in 1970 by the Gillikin's Machine & Supply Co. of Beaufort, NC.   She was later converted to the commercial fishing vessel "CAPT. JIM" and has since been dismantled.  NEW INLET PRINCESS, Murrells Inlet, SC – 1973  Captain J. L. 'Hoss' Johnson's "NEW INLET PRINCESS" is shown in Bayou Teche at Patterson, LA in 1973 shortly after her construction was completed by Gulf Craft Inc.   She continues to sail under the same name and port after 33 years of service.   Captain Johnson passed away in 2002 and Captain Jack Orr is now at the helm.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. STACY III, Morehead City, NC – 1974  Captain 'Sonny' Davis' "CAPT. STACY III" was built in 1971 by Leslie Davis.   The boat was later relocated to Wildwood, NJ and sailed as the "SEA RAIDER".   She is presently sailing as the "CANAVERAL STAR" from Cape Canaveral, FL. 
SEA SWAN II, Hyannis, MA – 1975  The "SEA SWAN II" was built in 1963 by Price Boatyard at Deltaville, VA as Captain Kristen Hauge's "FLYING FISH II" and sailed from Point Pleasant, NJ.   She was later sold to Captain Lewis Fromkin and became his "SEA SWAN II" at Belmar, NJ.   In 1970, she was sold again and became the deep sea fishing boat of the Scudder family's Hy-Line Fleet at Hyannis, MA.   Sold once again, the boat is presently sailing as the "BABY BULLET" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  CAPT. BOB, Riviera Beach, FL – 1976  The "CAPT. BOB" was built for Captain Bob Bonvechio in 1975 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart, FL.   She later sailed as the "VOYAGER" and as Captain Rich Moore's "TEAL" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   She is currently sailing as the "MARILYN JEAN IV" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  SEA QUEEN, Hyannis, MA – 1976  The "SEA QUEEN" was built in 1971 by Machine & Supply Co. as the "BLUE HERON IV".   In 1974, she was sold to Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert and sailed from Captree, NY for one season as his "SPEEDY V".   In the following year, she relocated to Hyannis, MA as the "SEA QUEEN".   She most recently sailed as the late Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  RAIDER, Chincoteague, VA – 1977  Built in 1959 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV" sailing from Captree, NY.   She later sailed as the "CAPT. JACK II" from Islamorada, FL before being purchased by Captain John Abbaticchio and becoming his "RAIDER" sailing from Chincoteague, VA.   She later returned to our area as Captain Tony Maio's "MISS FREEPORT II" from Freeport, NY, and she last sailed the Great Lakes as the "HIGH SEAS" from Toledo, OH.   She was dropped from documentation in 2006 and her present fate is unknown.  PRIVATEER, Provincetown, MA – 1980  The "PRIVATEER" was built in 1972 by New Bern Shipyards at New Bern, NC and was the very first whale watch vessel on the east coast.   She later sailed from Gloucester, MA and in 2011, was sold and relocated to San Diego, CA where she continues to sail as the whale watch vessel "PRIVATEER". : 2016, Mel Deak, Mike Daniewicz, Mike's Maritime Memorabilia, People 
CAPTAIN'S LADY II, Bowers Beach, DE – 1981  Built in 1981 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL, the "CAPTAIN'S LADY II" originally sailed from Bowers Beach, DE.   She relocated to Belmar, NJ in 1991 and sailed as the "BIG MARIE-S II".   She is currently sailing as Captain Hal Hagaman's "SEA TIGER II" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  NORTH EASTERNER, Newburyport, MA – 1982  Built in 1982 by Lydia Yachts, the "NORTH EASTERNER" originally sailed from Newburyport, MA.   She later sailed as the "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ and then as the "GREAT GETAWAY II" from Ft Myers Beach FL.   She has since made her way back to New Jersey and is presently sailing from Belmar as the "ROYAL MISS BELMAR".   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  HURRICANE, Murrells Inlet, SC – 1984  The "HURRICANE" was built in 1981 by Lydia Yachts and was powered by three GM 8-92 turbo-diesel engines.   She was sold in 1989 and became Captain Arnold "Speedy" Hubert's "SUPER SPEEDY VIII".   She was later sold and relocated to Gloucester, MA as the whale watch vessel "SUPER DAUNTY VII".   Sadly, this beautiful vessel caught fire in August of 1997 and required the assistance of fellow whale watch vessel "YANKEE SPIRIT" to transfer all 143 passengers to safety.   The "SUPER DAUNTY VII" burned to the waterline and sank off Gloucester, MA.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr. : 2016, Mel Deak, Mike Daniewicz, Mike's Maritime Memorabilia, People  SUPER CRITTER II, Ponce Inlet, FL – 1985  Captain Charlie Schammel's "SUPER CRITTER II" is shown in 1985 on her trials in Bayou Teche shortly after Gulf Craft Inc. completed her construction at Patterson, LA.   She is one of several "supercruiser" party boats built by Gulf Craft Inc. during the 1980s.   The boat was sold in late 2011 and is presently sailing as the CUMBERLAND QUEEN II from St. Marys, Georgia.   It operates as a tourist ferry between St. Marys and Cumberland Island National Park.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  TRADEWINDS V, Port Canaveral, FL – 1986  The "TRADEWINDS V" was built in 1973 by Gulf Craft Inc at Patterson, LA and originally sailed as Captain Ted Weeks' "THUMPER III" from Barnegat Light, NJ.   In 1983, Captain Thomas C. Adams purchased the boat and sailed her as the "TRADEWINDS V" from Port Canaveral, FL through 1989.   The boat is presently sailing as the "HURRICANE II" from Calabash, NC.   Photo courtesy of Captain William Morris. 
TWO GEORGES, Tarpon Springs, FL – 1986  The unique 80-foot "TWO GEORGES" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA in 1986.   She was custom built for Captain John Georgiou with a low profile (to clear low bridges.)   She continues to sail from Tarpon Springs FL.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPTAIN'S LADY III, Bowers Beach, DE – 1987  The "CAPTAIN'S LADY III" was built for Captain Bill Moore in 1986 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart, FL.   She later relocated to New Jersey as sailed as Captain Ken Nutt's "MISS L.B.I." from Barnegat Light.   She is presently sailing as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ.  SEA FARER, Hampton Harbor, NH – 1987  The "SEA FARER" was built in 1978 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart, Florida for Smith & Gilmore at Hampton Harbor, NH and offered whale watching excursions and daily and overnight deep sea fishing trips.   She was sold and sailed as the "ONSET CHIEF IV" from Onset, MA and then sailed as Captain Jim Cicchitti's "TWILIGHT" from Wildwood Crest, NJ.   After that, she became the whale watch vessel "AMERICAN STAR" from Cape May, NJ and now sails as Captain John Royles'  "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ .  YANKEE PRIDE II, Gloucester, MA – 1987  The "YANKEE PRIDE II" was built in 1978 by Yank Marine at Tuckahoe, NJ and joined the Yankee Fishing Fleet in 1982.   She later sailed as Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY EXPRESS" and is now sailing as Captain James Schneider's "JAMES JOSEPH II" from Huntington, NY.  O.C. PRINCESS, Ocean City, MD – 1991  Lydia Yachts of Stuart, FL built the "O.C. PRINCESS" in 1991.   She later sailed as the "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY.   She then relocated to Virginia Beach, VA where she sailed as the "SUPER SPORT", and is currently sailing from that same port as the "RUDEE ANGLER".   Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan, Jr. 
CAPT. STACY IV, Atlantic Beach, NC – 1992  Lydia Yachts built the "CAPT. STACY IV" in 1979 for Captain Sonny Davis.   She continues to sail from Atlantic Beach, NC under the same name.   Captain Maurice Davis Jr. (Captain Sonny's son) has operated the CAPT. STACY IV since 1982.  TEAL, Saugerties, NY – 1995  The "TEAL" was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works as a party boat.   Owned and operated by Captains 'Eve' and 'Freddie' Moore, she sailed from Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   This photo was taken after her fishing days were over and she was remodeled and converted to a dinner excursion vessel.  GREAT GETAWAY II, Ft. Myers Beach, FL – 1996  The boat was built in 1982 by Lydia Yachts as the "NORTH EASTERNER" from Newburyport, MA.   She later sailed as the "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ and then as the "GREAT GETAWAY II" from Ft. Myers Beach, FL.   She later sailed as the "FREEDOM" and then made her way back to New Jersey as the "ROYAL MISS BELMAR" and lastly as the "TROPICAL ADVENTURE". : 2016, Mel Deak, Mike Daniewicz, Mike's Maritime Memorabilia, People  ZEPHYR VI, Gloucester MA – 1996  This 85-foot aluminum vessel was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA as Captain Bill Van Wetering's "CAPT. BILL VAN" and it originally sailed from Belmar, NJ.   She is shown during her tenure as the whale watching vessel "ZEPHYR VI" from Gloucester, MA.   She later sailed as Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY, and then as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ.   She then sailed from Point Pleasant, NJ as Captain Jeff Gutman's "VOYAGER".    In 2015, she was sold and started sailing as Captain Rob Angreson's "CAPTREE PRINCESS" from Captree, NY.  MAGNUM FORCE, Monterey, CA – 1998  Built in 1959 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV" sailing from Captree, NY.   She later sailed as the "CAPT. JACK II" from Islamorada, FL before being purchased by Captain John Abbaticchio and becoming his "RAIDER" sailing from Chincoteague, VA.   She later returned to our area as Captain Tony Maio's "MISS FREEPORT II" from Freeport, NY, and she last sailed the Great Lakes as the "HIGH SEAS" from Toledo, OH.   She was dropped from documentation in 2006 and her present fate is unknown. 
LADY HOOKER, Chesapeake Beach, MD – 2000  The "LADY HOOKER" originally sailed from Point Pleasant, NJ as Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY".   Built in 1974 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart, Fl, she is one of their earlier vessels.   She later sailed as Captain Bill Van Wetering's "CAPT. BILL VAN" from Belmar, NJ and then as Captain Norm Cash's "PORT JEFF ACE" from Port Jefferson, NY.   In 1993, she made her way back to New Jersey where she sailed as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ.   She was sold once again and became the "LADY HOOKER".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe.  VAMP IV, Deale Harbor, MD – 2001  The 2001 photo is of the "VAMP IV" sailing from Deale Harbor, MD.   Built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works, she sailed as Captain Ed Keefe's "MISS TAMBO" from Brielle, NJ until sold in 1985.   The "VAMP IV" was purchased by Captain Young Hong and sailed from Huntington, NY until 2006.   The boat was sold and relocated to Kent Island, MD and has likely been dismantled.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. HOOK, Hilton Head, SC – 2004  The "CAPT. HOOK" was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works and she originally sailed as Captain Tom Lones' "GULF STREAM II" from Key West, FL.   In 1979, she was sold to Captain Fred Gatchell and became his "BLUE SEAS V" from Fort Pierce, FL.   She later moved north and joined the Captree, NY party boat fleet as the "CAPT. RUDY" before becoming the "CAPT. HOOK" from Hilton Head, NC.  HEL-CAT II, Groton, CT – 2005  Captain Brad Glas' 114-foot "HEL-CAT II" circa 2005.   The Glas family started their party fishing business at Montauk, NY in 1946 and then moved to Groton, CT in 1975.   The steel "HEL-CAT II" was designed and built by Captain Brad in 1985 and is the largest party boat in New England.  In 1983, they started construction of the boat on the family's property at North Stonington, CT.   In the fall of 1984, they trucked the finished keel, frames, wheelhouse and stack to a small shipyard that had gone bankrupt at Jamestown, RI.   At the shipyard, they put the frame together, installed the mild steel hull plating, installed two Cummins diesels, sandblasted and painted the hull, and launched the boat in June 1985.  After towing the boat to their dock at Groton, CT, they finished the deckhouse, got a crane to lift the wheelhouse and stack in place, finished all of the steel work, painted the now completed superstructure, installed the electrical and plumbing systems, and finished the propulsion system.   (She spins a pair of 56" four-blade propellers via a 4.5:1 reduction gearbox and cruises at 13 knots while consuming a paltry 40 gallons of fuel per hour.)   The "HEL-CAT II" ran her first trip with passengers aboard in late August 1985.   The story of this boat's construction just goes to show that if you want something done right, do it yourself.   Photo courtesy of Captain Brad Glas.  SUPER QUEEN, Clearwater Beach, FL – 2006  This catamaran was built in 1972 by Monark Custom Craft at Jeanerette, LA as Captain Charlie Fossani's "SUPER CAT" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   She later became Captains Ronald and George Sinn's "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood Crest, NJ where she specialized in sightseeing trips.   She is shown here at Clearwater Beach, FL sailing as the party fishing boat "SUPER QUEEN".   Photo Courtesy of Skip Tonks. 
SUPER VOYAGER II, Calabash, NC – 2007  The "SUPER VOYAGER II" was built in 1973 as Captain Bob Sapanara's "BROOKLYN V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   AlumaShip Corp. began her construction in early 1977 at Jeanerette, LA, but due to financial difficulties, the shipyard was unable to complete the boat.   The unfinished hull was transported to Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA where she was finished and delivered to Captain Sapanara in July 1977.   She later sailed as Captain Kevin Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B VIII" from Sheepshead Bay and then sailed as Captain Larry Horowitx's  "SUPER VOYAGER II" from Calabash, NC.   The boat is presently sailing as the "DOLPHIN EXPRESS" from Port Aransas, TX.   Photo courtesy of Captain Ray Coleman.  SEA QUEEN II, Hyannis, MA – 2008  The "SEA QUEEN II" was built in 1977 by Breaux's Bay Craft and originally sailed as the "MISS TOWNSENDS INLET II" from Sea Isle City, NJ.   She later relocated to Nantucket, MA and operated as a small commuter ferry.   After that, she joined the Hy-Line Cruises fleet at Hyannis, MA and continues to operate as a deep sea fishing vessel.  SEA SWAN, Hyannis, MA – 2008  The "SEA SWAN" from Hyannis, MA was built in 1985 by Breaux's Bay-Craft at Loreauville, LA as the "SAILORS CHOICE II" from Key Largo, FL.   She joined the Hy-Line Fleet in 2000 and offers half day fishing trips.  DOLPHIN VII, Provincetown, MA – 2010  The "DOLPHIN VII" is seen here during a whale watch excursion to Stellwagen Bank off Cape Cod, MA.   She was built in 1986 by Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA and soon after, joined the Dolphin Fleet located at the northern tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, MA.   She is one of three Gulf Craft built vessels that operate in Captain Albert Avellar's Dolphin Fleet.