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.