Captain Harry Phillips, PILOT II – 1947
Captain Tom Marconi's mentor, Captain Harry Phillips is shown at the helm of his "PILOT II" while returning to Sheepshead Bay from a day of bottom fishing in October of 1947. Captain Phillips was a 'Master' inshore party boat captain who specialized in bottom and wreck fishing.
This photo contains a wealth of details... A burlap bag of fish is tied to the rail near the stern, fishing rods are put away in their canvas bags, a spray curtain is hanging by the wheelhouse, the decks are scrubbed and still wet, a couple of bottles of beer still remain unopened, and the angler at the bottom is taking a quick snooze. Each of the chevrons painted on the wheelhouse denotes a year of coastal patrol service by the boat during World War II. Also notice the neat radiotelephone handset in the wheelhouse.