IN MEMORIAM - CAPTAIN FRED MOORE  1926-2008  CAPTAIN FRED MOORE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Mariners Hospital in the Florida Keys.   Born in 1926, he was just a couple of weeks shy of his 82nd birthday.   He is survived by his wife Helene, sons Wayde and Fred Jr., daughter Courtney, granddaughters Erica and Ashley, and sisters Sue and Noreen.   Captain Fred along with his brother, the late Captain Everett Moore and father, the late Captain Charles Moore operated the TEAL, the TEAL II and the MISS MOORE party fishing boats for over fifty years.   The family fishing business started in 1942 with the first TEAL sailing from Perth Amboy, NJ.   In 1956, they moved the business to Great Kills, Staten Island, NY and sailed from there for the next thirty years.  Captain Fred was cremated in Florida.   His ashes were scattered at sea on April 12, 2008 during a memorial service aboard Captain Ritchie Moore's TEAL from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  His long-time Mate and lifelong friend Ken Ekberg recalls…  "When Fred and I were together, we were together seven days a week and we were like family.   One time, when I had to take a day off, he had a particularly rough day, and when I returned, he said, 'I hope you don't make a habit of this.' Fred lived fishing and he loved fishing.   Many times, we would still be anchored up long after when three whistles should have blown.   Sure enough, the fish would start to bite and supper was cold when we got home.   Fred also had a wonderful gift for gab.   Besides the gift, he also had the professional knowledge to back it up."  Captain Fred is in our prayers and we wish his family and friends peace.  TEAL, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1948  Captains Freddie and Eve Moore's original "TEAL" from Perth Amboy, New Jersey circa 1948.   Built in 1928 at New Haven, CT, for George Bradley, the "TEAL" first sailed from Long Island, NY.   In 1941, Charles Moore (Freddie and Eve Moore's father) purchased the "TEAL" and relocated her to Perth Amboy, NJ.   The Moore family later relocated their business to Great Kills Harbor at Staten Island, NY, where the "TEAL" continued to sail.   She became the first of a long list of "TEAL" named vessels owned by the Moore family during the next sixty plus years.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  Atlantic City Marlin Tournament – 1958  Atlantic City Marlin Tournament circa 1958.   Captain Fred Moore stands next to the day's catch of Marlin caught aboard the yacht "JODEE" from Belmar, NJ.   Captain Fred operated the "JODEE" for a while for her owners, the DiStasio family from Belmar, NJ.    On the far left is Joe Galluccio who was Captain Fred's mate during the tournament.   The rest of the folks are members of the DiStasio family and their friends.   Photo courtesy of Captain Joe Galluccio.  MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1959  The "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1959.   She was skippered by Captains Everett "Eve" and Freddie Moore.   The "MISS MOORE" was a converted 63-foot World War II Air-Sea Rescue boat.   She was previously named the "SUDS III" and sailed from Atlantic City. NJ.   She later became Captain Ron Santee’s "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS MOORE Tuna, Great Kills, NY – 1960  This catch of school Bluefin Tuna was taken aboard the original "MISS MOORE" during the summer of 1960.   During the following years, Captains Freddie and Eve Moore would go on to pioneer Tuna fishing from party boats.   First Mate Ken Ekberg is shown looking on at the far left.   Visible in the background is Captain Jimmy Carves' "BELBOY".   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg. 
TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1962  The "TEAL" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1962.   She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and was considered by many to be one of the nicest boats Gillikin ever built.   The "TEAL" was powered by three GM 6-71 diesels and was considered a fast boat for her day.  However, engine ventilation was still an unknown science back then… The three engines were very close together in the 18' wide engine compartment and didn't get enough air to operate at full power/throttle.   Captain Freddie Moore once stated "If I had no passengers aboard, I could lift the engine room hatch in the cabin, and she would breathe and get up to 13 or 14 knots."    Photo courtesy Ken Ekberg.  TEAL Tuna Catch – 1963  Shoal’s Dock in Great Kills, Staten Island, NY was hopping in 1963 at the end of a very successful day of 'Mud Hole' tuna fishing aboard Captain Freddie Moore's "TEAL".   These big bluefin tuna weighed between 250 and 300 pounds!   Not bad for a bunch of guys fishing on a party boat with single-speed Penn reels and 8-foot 'widow maker' rods.   Ouch, pass me the Ben-Gay liniment!   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  TEAL Shark, Great Kills, NY – 1963  Captain Freddie Moore (far left) and Mate Ken Ekberg (center) pose with a few regulars and this nice Shark that was hoisted back at Shoals Dock.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  Captains Everett 'Eve' and Fred Moore, MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1963  Captain Everett 'Eve' Moore and Captain Freddie Moore at the helm of the brand new "MISS MOORE" circa 1963.   The Moore brothers were the founders of the "TEAL / MISS MOORE" fleet at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   The "MISS MOORE" was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and later became the "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1964  The "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1964.   She is shown Porgy fishing on the Sea Bright Grounds with Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST" (skippered by Captain Norman Mordaunt.)   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and later became the "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr. 
TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1964  "TEAL" Staten Island, NY 1965The "TEAL" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1964.   Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC.   She was admired by many as one of the nicest looking party boats to sail in the New York / New Jersey fleet.   Captain Freddie Moore operated the "TEAL" and he was one of the pioneers of open boat tuna fishing on the East Coast.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  TEAL Tuna Trip, Staten Island, NY – 1966  The results of a 'Mud Hole' tuna fishing trip aboard the "TEAL" in 1966.   At the left of the bait box and holding a couple of tuna, is Captain 'Freddie' Moore of the "TEAL".   At the right of the bait box and wearing a white t-shirt, is "TEAL" First Mate Ken Ekberg.   Wearing a striped shirt and baseball cap is a very young Captain Marty Haines Jr. of the "MAJESTIC" and "SEA PIGEON" from Perth Amboy, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  SHOALS DOCK, Great Kills, NY – 1964  Brrr!   Iced in at Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY during the winter of 1964.   Shown are Captain Freddie Moore's "TEALl", Captain Ed Mikelson's "BETTY L", Captain Cliff Stonier’s "SEA KING" and Captain Everett 'Eve' Moore's "MISS MOORE".   The Dockmaster at Shoals Dock was George Steadman.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1965  The ESSO Company charter on August 21, 1965 aboard the "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   Captains Freddie and Eve Moore operated the "MISS MOORE".   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and later became the "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1965  Captain Fred Moore is putting the last touches of paint on the "TEAL" before the start of the 1965 fishing season.   The "TEAL" hauled out twice a year at Peterson's Boatyard, Great Kills Harbor, and sometimes hauled out a third time if they damaged the propellers or shafts during their night bluefishing trips.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg. 
MISS MOORE and TEAL Fare Ticket – 1973  A common fare ticket used by the party boats "MISS MOORE" and "TEAL" circa 1973.   Both boats sailed from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   Fare ticket courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS MOORE, Staten Island, NY – 1984  Captain Everett 'Eve' Moore's "MISS MOORE" from Great Kills, Staten Island NY circa 1984.  This was the last photo of the "MISS MOORE" while berthed at Shoal's Dock.  The owners of the property sold the land and it became part of a condominium development, and the "MISS MOORE" moved Port Atlantic Marina at Tottenville, Staten Island, NY.   Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC, built the "MISS MOORE" in 1963.   Sold in 1987, she operated from Gerritsen Beach, NY as a charter boat for one season under the command of Captain Tommy Paladino.   Sold the following year, she became Captain Ed Moraski's "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Captain Jeff Gutman.  TEAL Fare Ticket, Leonardo, NJ – 1987  Fare ticket from Captains Eve, Fred, Rich and Tim Moore's "TEAL", Leonardo, NJ circa 1987.  Captin Fred Moore and Mike Daniewicz - May 2006.  Captain Fred Moore and Mike Daniewicz enjoy the sunset during a May 2006 Striper fishing trip aboard the ANGLER from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  Captain 'Freddie' Moore and Ken Ekberg, Staten Island, NY – 2007  Captain 'Freddie' Moore and his long-time First Mate Ken Ekberg reminisce about the 'good ole days' during a recent get together.   Captain Moore was the owner and operator of the "TEAL" that sailed from Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   Ken Ekberg later joined the New York City Fire Department after his stint on the "TEAL".   Ken is now retired and sadly, Captain "Freddie' passed away in March 2008. 
Final words of remembrance  Captain Fred ashes were scattered at sea on April 12, 2008 during a memorial service aboard Captain Ritchie Moore's TEAL from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  The Bell  "...and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne  Farewell,Captain Fred  So now all fishermen be of good cheer. And always remember Your Lord is near. The word of a hymn which can give courage to thee, Are "Jesus Saviour, Pilot Me".  Thomas Keats  The Island Boyz  After the memorial service, devoted family and friends gathered in happy remembrance of Captain Freddie.