Captain Edward Norman Mordaunt  1940 - 2017  Captain Norm at the helm of the GOLDEN EAGLE  Captain Norm Mordaunt at the helm of the party boat GOLDEN EAGLE.    The boat was on its way from Belmar, NJ with holiday revelers to view the Macy's Fireworks in New York Harbor on July 4, 2004.    Captain Norm was employed for many years as the senior Captain on the GOLDEN EAGLE     Photo courtesy of Joe Galluccio.  Captain Norm, Mike Scarpati and Cathy Mordaunt  Captain Norm and his wife Cathy with Captain Mike Scarpati on his 90th birthday in 2006.   Captain Norm operated Captain Mike's RANGER V and RANGER VII from Sheepshead Bay for many years.   The RANGER V was Captain Norm's favorite boat.  AMERICAN EAGLE, Belmar, NJ – 1995  The "AMERICAN EAGLE" was another of the party fishing boats built by Deebold Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ.   Deebold boats were typically very heavy, but a pair of GM 12-71 diesel engines made the "AMERICAN EAGLE" a speedy boat.   Launched in 1965 as the "JO ANN IV", she sailed from Bahr's Landing at Highlands, NJ.    She then sailed as the "BIG-MARIE-S" from Belmar, NJ before becoming Captain Hank Leonard's AMERICAN EAGLE.   Captain Leonard later sold the vessel to Mark Campbell, who continued to operate her from Belmar, NJ as a charter boat.  On February 29, 2004, the "AMERICAN EAGLE" entered Manasquan Inlet and lost her steering.  She struck the jetty inside the inlet and began taking on water.   She was towed to shallow water where she later sank; the vessel was dismantled a few days later.   Photo courtesy of Captain Greg Markert.  CAPTAIN AL, Point Lookout, NY – 1995  The steel-hulled "CAPTAIN AL" from Point Lookout, NY and skippered by Captain Al Lindroth circa 1995.   She is affectionately known as the "Green Banana".   One of the best local codfishing boats (and arguably one of the wettest.)   She was built at the New Bern Shipyards, New Bern, NC in 1965. 
RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1957  Captain Norm briefly owned one party boat, the "FURY" from Belmar, NJ.   We do not have a photo of the "FURY", but we do have a couple of photos of it when it sailed as the "RANGER".  Captain Mike Scarpati's original party boat "RANGER" from Pier 6 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1957.   She is a converted 1940 U.S. Army Bomb Target Boat, a vessel that towed targets used for open water bombing practice.   In 1959, Captain Scarpati bought a replacement boat and sold the original boat to Captain Jack Endean who moved her to Point Pleasant, NJ.   Captain Scarpati told Captain Endean that since the two boats were located in different states, he could continue sailing her as the "RANGER".   She later briefly sailed as Captain Norman Mordaunt's "FURY" from Belmar, NJ and lastly as Captain Charles Shirley's BLACK HAWK from Belmar, NJ.  GOLDEN EAGLE, Belmar, NJ – 1991  Captain Hank Leonard's "GOLDEN EAGLE" from Belmar, NJ departing her slip at the Belmar Marina in 1991.   This 100-foot vessel was built in 1986 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart Florida.   Powered by two GM 12-92 turbodiesel engines, she was one of the faster party boats in the New Jersey party boat fleet.   She was later sold to Captain Greg Markert, and later purchased by Captain Rich Falcone.   She was recently repowered with at pair of John Deere engines and continues to sail from Belmar, NJ.  OPTIMIST, Belmar, NJ  – 1960  Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST" from Belmar, NJ circa 1960.   She was built in 1941 at Stamford, CT as the World War II Bomb Target Boat "USN C-2217".   After being refitted for fishing, she joined the Belmar fleet in 1952, first from Belmar Basin and later from Dodd's Marine Basin on the Shark River at Neptune, NJ.   Captain Norm Mordaunt worked for Charlie Dodd and ran the "OPTIMIST" for bottom fishing for several years.   In 1965, she was sold to Captain Jack Huntsinger (another Optimist Fleet Captain), who continued to operate her from Belmar, NJ.   She was later relocated to Maryland.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  OPTIMIST QUEEN, Neptune, NJ – 1964  Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST QUEEN" prepares to depart from Dodd's Basin on the Shark River in Neptune, NJ circa 1964.  The "OPTIMIST QUEEN" was built in 1959 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ.  During her career, she sailed as the "OPTIMIST QUEEN", the "SUNSHINE", the "OPTIMIST SPORT", the "MOHAWK IV", the "MISS BELMAR II", the "BANDIT", the "CYNTHIA ANN", and lastly as the "ISLAND CURRENT IV".   The boat sank at her dock in November 2015.  RANGER V, Mamaroneck, NY – 1975  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY circa 1975.   Captain Norm spent plenty of time at the yard and helped with construction.  The boat turned out to be Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt. 
RANGER V, Mamaroneck, NY – 1975  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY circa 1975.   Captain Norm spent plenty of time at the yard and helped with construction.  The boat turned out to be Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Mamaroneck, NY – 1975  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY circa 1975.   Captain Norm spent plenty of time at the yard and helped with construction.  The boat turned out to be Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Mamaroneck, NY – 1975  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY circa 1975.   Captain Norm spent plenty of time at the yard and helped with construction.  The boat turned out to be Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Mamaroneck, NY – 1975  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY circa 1975.   Captain Norm spent plenty of time at the yard and helped with construction.  The boat turned out to be Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY  – 1976  Captain Mike Scarpati's new "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976.   Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time.   The boat was Captain Norm's favorite.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt. 
RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY  – 1976  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976.   Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY  – 1976  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976.   Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY  – 1976  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976.   Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY  – 1976  "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976.   Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time.   She was sold in 1981 and relocated to Texas, and then later sailed from Madeira Beach, Florida.   She is currently sailing in the Caribbean near the Turks and Caicos region.   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  RANGER VII, Brooklyn, NY – 1983  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER VII" may have been the prettiest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Lydia Yachts built the "RANGER VII" at Stuart, FL in 1982.   She was sold in 1988 and became Captain Ray Etle's "WHITE STAR IV" from Barnegat Light, NJ.   She later became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY and then headed south to Virginia Beach, VA and sailed as the "SUPER SPORT II".   The boat then returned to Captree, NY and resumed sailing as the "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS".   The boat presently sails as Captain Wes Eastman's "LADY MERRILEE ANN III" from Seabrook, NH. 
SEA FOX, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 2005  Captain Don Hager's "SEA FOX" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   This aluminum vessel was built in 1973 by Depend-A-Craft at Pierre Port, LA.   She was one of the first all-aluminum party boats ever built and at the time, many folks in the party boat industry thought her price tag of over $100,000 was incredibly expensive.   Her modern design still has that 'fresh appearance' and after 34 years of operation, she is one of the few party boats of this age that are still operated by her original owners.   Obviously, she was a good investment for the Hager family.  In 2009, Captain Jeff Gutman purchased the boat and it is now sailing as his "ANGLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  SEA JET, Belmar, NJ – 1957  The "SEA JET" was built in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the US Navy Air Sea Rescue Boat "C-77461".   After the end of World War II, the Navy transferred her to the US Coast Guard and she was renamed the "CG-63050".   In 1949, she was declared a surplus vessel and sold to Captain David Shinn.   He converted the boat to party boat fishing, named her the "BOBBY II" and operated the boat from Belmar, NJ.  In April of 1955, as she was returning from a day of fishing at the 'Cholera Banks', the 7,652-ton freighter "SS PRESIDENT BUCHANAN" struck her.   The collision sheared off a 13-foot section of the bow of the 63-foot "BOBBY II".   Because of her military construction (which included double forward crash bulkheads), she did not sink and was even able to return to Belmar under her own power.   Hundreds of people flocked to the Belmar Marine Basin to get a first-hand look at this amazing vessel.  The "BOBBY II" was repaired at Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ and Captain Shinn renamed the boat as the "SEA JET".   In 1966, she became Captain Joe Galluccio's "SEA RANGER".   Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.  TAMPA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1969  The "TAMPA III" is seen here returning to her pier at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1969.   At the helm is Captain Rocky Becker.   Charlie Becker is standing in the bow holding a mooring line in his hand, and holding the gaff on the port side is Victor Becker.   Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY built her in 1963.     On July 4, 1970, the "TAMPA III" was heading home in a dense fog after a night of bluefishing, and was struck by the freighter "MORMACGLEN" and sank.   Her skipper that evening wa+C461s Captain Norm Mordaunt; he was credited with averting a major tragedy by swerving away from the freighter moments before the collision.   Photo courtesy of the Becker family.