1EVELYN, Brooklyn, NY – 1906 Welcome to the fourteenth Holiday Edition of Mike's Maritime Memorabilia! Over the years we have posted more than 1,700 vintage photos for all to enjoy and our 2017 Holiday Edition includes twenty-five wonderful photographs of party fishing boats and the men behind them dating from 1906 through 1991. The photo captions illustrate some of the rich and interesting history that surrounds them and simply put, this is our fishing heritage – enjoy and celebrate it!
Special thanks go to Skip Tonks for generously contributing some of the fine photographs and background information for the 2017 Holiday Edition.
Thank you for taking the time to view our fishing trip down memory lane and accept our heartfelt wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season. It's our Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes all rolled into one joyous and resounding roar! God Bless You and God Bless America!
EVELYN, Brooklyn, NY – 1906 The steam yacht "EVELYN" is seen in this postcard before she was converted to a party fishing boat. Built in 1892 at Nyack, NY and originally named the "LINTA", she later became the "EVELYN" and was purchased by Captains Jacob and Dave Martin in 1911. She was the first of many converted steam yachts to operate as a party fishing boat from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
2FLYING D, Brooklyn, NY – 1925 Captain Tom Palowski's "FLYING D" is seen here underway in 1925. She was built 1898 at Long Island City, NY as a sailing sloop. She was sold in 1930 to Captains John and Frank Knuth who sailed her under the same name. In 1939, she became Captain George Stapleton's and Captain John Maculuso's "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
3SHAMROCK Advertisement, New York, NY – 1931 During the Great Depression (1929 - 1939) many party fishing boats cut their fares and in response, the boats were crowded with anglers looking for a break from the harsh realities of everyday life and fish for the dinner table. This 1931 advertisement for Captain H. J. Wheeler's "SHAMROCK" was a prime example. The "SHAMROCK" was built in 1887 at Brooklyn, NY as sailing vessel. In 1912, the boat was converted to party boat fishing and sailed as Fred Plage's "SHAMROCK" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. Captain Wheeler bought the boat in 1928 and moved it to Manhattan to replace his converted steam yacht "ANGLER".
4FLYING CLOUD II Matchbook Cover, Brooklyn, NY – 1933 An advertising matchbook cover for the "FLYING CLOUD II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1933.
5FLYING D, Brooklyn, NY – 1933 The "FLYING D" at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1933. At the time, she was owned and operated by Captains John and Frank Knuth. She was built 1898 at Long Island City, NY as a sailing sloop. She later became the "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay.
6AMPHION, New York, NY – 1935 Watch your step! The "AMPHION" is seen here at her berth alongside the West 40th Street Pier in Manhattan in 1935. She was operated by Captain Nick Napoli and Captain John Almerigotti. The "AMPHION" was built 1901 at Bridgeton, CT.
7Sheepshead Bay Frozen Over, Brooklyn, NY – 1936 Brr! Sheepshead Bay at Brooklyn, NY frozen over on February 2, 1936. Seen in the photo are the party fishing boats "FIDUS", "DOROTHY B", "TAMBO III" and the "FLYING D II". Captain John 'Candy' Keefe can be seen aboard his "TAMBO III" and the "Lundy Bros. Restaurant" is in the background.
8GIRALDA, Brooklyn, NY – 1940 Captain Dave Martin's coal–fired steam powered party boat "GIRALDA" returns to her pier at Sheepshead Bay on June 3, 1940. The "GIRALDA" originally was a luxury yacht that Captain Martin purchased in 1914 and converted into a party fishing boat. She was built by James A. Baylis & Sons, of Port Jefferson, NY and was launched in July 1896. Captain Dave Martin became the pioneer of offshore wreck fishing aboard the "GIRALDA" during the 1920s and 1930s.
9YANKEE DOODLE II, Jersey City, NJ – 1941 The "YANKEE DOODLE II" from Jersey City, NJ circa 1941. The boat was built 1912 at Brooklyn, NY as Captain Fred Wrege's "MJR II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. It then sailed as Captain Charlie Vreeland's "YANKEE DOODLE II" from Long Branch, NJ. After that, the boat sailed as Captain Russel Tonks "YANKEE DOODLE II" from Jersey City, NJ. It was later relocated to Brooklyn as a launch and then dismantled in 1956. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
10DAISY-MAY, Forked River, NJ – 1950 Captain Michael Kertes' "DAISY-MAY" from Forked River, NJ circa 1950. The "DAISY-MAY" was built in 1941 by Ernest Fiedler at Brooklyn, NY. She later sailed from Newark, NJ as the passenger vessel "DENISE LOUISE". In 1977, she was relocated to Hilton Head, SC as the charter boat "CALIBOGUE". Her Coast Guard documentation expired in 1990 and her fate is unknown.
11GLORY, Brooklyn, NY – 1951 A rare color photo of the "GLORY" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1951. The "GLORY" was skippered by Captain Jacob 'Chubby' Martin Jr. She was built in 1896 at Weymouth, MA as the steam yacht "INDOLENT". She began her fishing career in 1914 when she was purchased by Captain Harry Hansen and began sailing from Brooklyn's west side. In 1922, Captain Hansen sold the "INDOLENT" to his son-in-law, Jacob 'Jake' Martin, who later renamed her "GLORY". She was the benchmark for party fishing boats for the next decade. In 1932, Captain Jacob Martin went on to own the steam yacht "SACHEM" and passed the helm of the "GLORY" to his son, Captain Jacob 'Chubby' Martin Jr.
12SEA WOLF, Brooklyn, NY – 1951 The "SEA WOLF" was built in 1949 at North Wildwood, NJ and was originally owned by Captain John Heiser. She was later sold to Captain Ed Moraski who continued to sail her from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The "SEA WOLF" specialized in bottom fishing during her entire fishing career, which ended in1988 when she was replaced by a larger vessel and dismantled.
13WHITBY III, Brooklyn, NY – 1951 Captain 'Herbie' Hammer's "WHITBY III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn NY circa 1951. The "WHITBY III" was the last converted World War I Sub Chaser to sail from Sheepshead Bay. In 1917, Elco Boat Works at Bayonne, NJ built the boat as the US Navy Sub Chaser "SC-101". She was sold as surplus after the end of World War I and converted to a party fishing boat. She first sailed as Captain Steve Wischerth's "FIDUS" from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY and later from Sheepshead Bay. She later became Captain Edward Baletti's "PALACE II" from Hoboken, NJ before becoming the "WHITBY III" in 1948. The boat was dismantled in 1971.
14LADY JESS, Babylon, NY – 1955 An advertising postcard for Captain George Benson's "LADY JESS" from Babylon, NY circa 1955. She was built in 1951 at Bay Shore, NY and in 1956, was sold to Captain Joe Cicco. She later became the commercial fishing vessel "HOLIDAY". Her present fate is unknown.
15YANK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1960 Captain 'Harry' Tonks' "YANK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1960. The boat was built in 1943 by Higgins Industries at New Orleans, LA as the US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat "PT-451". After WWII ended the "PT-451" was sold as surplus and became the commercial fishing boat "MARY K". She was later converted to a party fishing boat by Captain Tonks on the banks of the Raritan River at Keasbey, NJ. She later became the "SEA PIGEON III" from Sheepshead Bay and then sailed as the "SEA FOX" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. She later sailed from Belmar, NJ as the "MARIE-S TOO" and lastly from Brooklyn as the "GRENADIER". The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
16Captain Bob Pennington, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1971 A young Captain Bob Pennington at the helm of his first "SEA DEVIL" circa 1971. The boat was built in 1953 as Captain Jack Bogan's "SHAMROCK". The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
17VIVIAN II, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1971 Captain Don Mears' "VIVIAN II" from Barnegat Light, NJ circa 1971. Built 1960 by Stowman Shipyards, she became the "SEA QUEEN II", and then the "HOLIDAY" from Sheepshead Bay. The boat is presently sailing as the "ROSIE" from Center Moriches, NY.
18HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Jack Endean's second party boat named "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1972. The boat was built 1969 by Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY as the "SEA MIST" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and later became Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY". It then sailed as Ron Santee's third party boat named "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ and after nearly fifty years of service presently sails as Chris Altbacker's "FISHTALE" from Captree, NY. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
19QUEEN MARY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1972. She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC for Captain Frank Green who later passed away in 1963 and Captain Brown purchased the boat. He didn't change her name, but he relocated the "QUEEN MARY" to Spike's Fishery Dock at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. In 1974, Captain George 'Blacky' Walsh bought the boat and renamed it the "PIPER". A few years later, the boat was sold to Captain Fred Kern, renamed "SPRAY II" and moved to Belmar, NJ. In 1982, she was sold to Captain Hal Hagaman and sailed as the "SEA TIGER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ until the spring of 2004 when she became Captain Richie Moore's "MISS MOORE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The boat then sailed as Captain Stewart Cash's "OSPREY IV" from Port Jefferson, NY. She last sailed as Captain Nick Marchetti's "NEVER ENUFF II" from Flushing, Queens, NY and sank in 2012. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
20QUEEN MARY 2, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY 2" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ departing Manasquan Inlet in 1972. She was built in 1962 by Deebold Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ as Captain Jack Endean's first boat named "HOLIDAY". Captain Brown later purchased the boat and continued to sail her from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. She later became the "VIKING SKIPPER II" from Montauk, NY and last sailed from New Jersey as Captain Tom Buban's "ATLANTIC STAR". She was relocated to Florida in 1996 and has since been dismantled. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
21MAN O'WAR, Brielle, NJ – 1974 At the time of this photo, the "MAN O' WAR" was converted from party fishing to a sightseeing boat. Built in 1943 by Higgins Industries at New Orleans, LA as the US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat "PT-305", she was purchased in 1953 by the Bogan Family who sailed her as the "JERSEY" from Brielle, New Jersey. In 1963, she sailed for one season as Captain Bill Egerter's "DAUNTLESS" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ before being sold to Captain Joe Burns in 1964. Captain Burns operated the "MAN O' WAR" from Brielle until 1973.
This World War II Patrol Torpedo boat has been fully restored at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA under her original name, the "PT-305". The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
22PARAMOUNT II, Brielle, NJ – 1975 The "PARAMOUNT II" is seen here with a group of passengers from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The boat was chartered for the day so life rafts utilized by large airplanes could be tested. Soon after the "PARAMOUNT II" anchored it was joined by another boat that deployed the rafts, and then passed them while underway to create a wake to determine the rafts dependability. Many of the people seen aboard are pilots and stewards. The photo is courtesy of Captain Ray Bogan.
23SATELLITE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1975 On March 6 1975, Ed 'Whitey' Sidorski's "SATELLITE" started taking on water south of Ambrose Light at the end of a fishing trip. The anglers were safely removed to a pilot boat and the "SATELLITE" was towed back to port by Charlie Fossani's "SUPER CAT". Captain Ed Sidorski is in the bow along with his son Captain Bob Sidorski and the tow rope to the "SUPER CAT" is visible. The "SATELLITE" was built 1945 at Annapolis, as the US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat "PT-711".
24SEA DEVIL, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1976 Captain Bob Pennington's second boat named "SEA DEVIL" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1976. The boat was built in 1969 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as the "VIKING" from Barnegat Light, NJ. In 1966, the boat sailed as Captain Bob Bogan's "GAMBLER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and in 1976, the boat became the "SEA DEVIL". In 1979, the boat became 'Sarge' Batrouny's "OASIS" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ and in the 1990s, the boat became the "TWILIGHT" from Wildwood, NJ. After that, the boat sailed as Dave Paris' "CAPT. DAVE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and then as the "SEACREATURE" from Sheepshead Bay. The boat last sailed as the "LADY ASH" from Brooklyn, NY and is now scuttled in the Arthur Kill River near Tottenville, Staten Island. Not surprisingly, she had the nickname, the 'Used-To-Be'. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
25LADY ELISE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1991 A rare photo of Captain Bob Pennington's "LADY ELISE" circa 1991. Captain Bob had this vessel built by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL in 1977 as his "SEA DEVIL". In 1990 he had Lydia Yachts build a larger "SEA DEVIL" as a replacement. When the new boat was launched, and in an effort not to own two boats with the same name, Captain Bob renamed the old boat as the "LADY ELISE" in honor of his daughter. Soon after this photo was taken the "LADY ELISE" was sold and became the "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The "QUEEN MARY" was sold in 2017 and will start fishing in 2018 as Captain Chris Whitton's "LADY K" from Onset, MA. The photo is courtesy of Captain Bob Pennington.